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Kawai Kanjiro Ceramic Koro Incense Burner w/Silver Lid
Please refer to our stock # 1756 when inquiring.
A glazed cylinder with everted rim on three scrolling legs reminiscent of archaic forms by Kawai Kanjiro with an expertly crafted heavy solid-silver lid pierced with flowers and bamboo enclosed in a double wood box annotated by his wife Kawai Tsune. The pot, with its ritualistic flavor and clear finger marks swirling up the side exerting a powerful sense of the hands that made it, contrasts distinctly with the precision and delicacy of the thick silver lid creating an interesting dialog between the two craftsman. It is 11 cm (4-1/2 inches) diameter, 13.5 cm (5-1/2 inches) tall and in excellent condition.
Kawai Kanjiro was a true artist by nature, and together with Hamada Shoji, set a pattern of study for modern potters. After graduating the Tokyo School of Industrial Design, he came to study in Kyoto, eventually establishing his own kiln on the Gojo-no-Saka (It remains standing today and is a must see for anyone visiting Kyoto). Together with compatriots Hamada Shoji and Bernard Leach (with whom he traveled throughout Asia) established the modern Mingei movement in ceramics, the most influential ceramics movement in the 20th century. His research on glazes (of which he developed thousands over a lifetime of work) remains influential as well. Refusing to be limited to ceramics, Kanjiro also worked in bronze, wood and paint. An interesting final note on this unusual artist, when offered the title of Living National Treasure, an honor bestowed on very few, he declined.
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