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LNT Tsukamoto Kaiji Kogo Incense Case
Please refer to our stock # 1689 when inquiring.
A doe, messenger of the gods of Kasuga shrine, decorates the lid of this iconic incense box by Living National Treasure Tsukamoto Kaiji enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Seihakuji Shika Kogo. The diaphanous creature rests recumbent, the porcelain thin and delicate. Scattered glaze cracks (Kanyu) purposely create a sense of the ephemeral, as if the apparition will dissipate at any moment, begging us to live in the now, and extolling the Japanese idea of Ichigo Ichie, every moment is precious, every chance meeting once in a life time. Contained in the box is the original label from Takashimaya, the preeminent department store in Japan, (equivalent of Saks fifth Avenue, or Tiffanys perhaps). The piece is 10.5 cm (4-1/8 inches) diameter and in perfect condition. Do not let size fool you, this is a breathtaking masterpiece.
Tsukamoto Kaiji (1912-1990) was fascinated with Song period hakuji and seihakuji porcelains and spent his life reviving that tradition. He received a Gold Medal at the 21st Century Exposition in California in 1964. In 1965 he was awarded at the 12th Nihon Dento Kogeiten National Traditional Crafts Exhibition, and was awarded again in 1967, the same year his work was exhibited at the worlds Expo in Montreal. He exhibited with the Nihon Togei Ten national Ceramics Exhibition from its inception in 1971. The following year he was once again awarded at the 19th Nihon Dento Kogeiten National Traditional Crafts Exhibition. He received the prestigious Japan Ceramic Society (JCS) award in 1979, and Japan-China Culture Award in 1980. In 1983 he was designated an Intangible Cultural Property (Living National Treasure) for seiji and seihakuji porcelain. Held in The National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, The National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, The Museum of Oriental Ceramics in Osaka, Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum and Menard Art Museum among others. For more see “Japanese Studio Crafts” (1995) by R. Faulknner.
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