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Incense container (kogo) in the shape of a toy ball wrapped with thread
京焼 色絵手鞠形香合
Date: approx. 1850-1950
Materials: Stoneware with underglaze blue and overglaze gold and multicolor decoration
Style or Ware: Kiyomizu ware
Dimensions: H. 1 3/4 in x Diam. 1 7/8 in, H. 4.4 cm x Diam. 4.9 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Jeanne G. O'Brien in memory of James E. O'Brien
Department: Japanese Art
Collection: Ceramics
Object Number: 1993.37.a-.b
On Display: Yes
Location: Gallery 30 - Tea Room

Description

Label:

京焼 色絵手鞠形香合

This container holds a piece of incense that might be placed near the charcoals in the open hearth during the preparation of the fire used in a tea gathering. The display of the container in the alcove is for the guests’ enjoyment. In the winter season, the host typically selects a ceramic incense container.

This incense container is in the shape of a toy thread ball called temari; such balls were made by decoratively wrapping a cotton core with thread. Throughout the Edo period (1615–1868), temari balls were a popular gift from mother to daughter on New Year’s Day, when they would be played with or displayed.


Label:

京焼 色絵手鞠形香合

This container holds a piece of incense that might be placed near the charcoals in the open hearth during the preparation of the fire used in a tea gathering. The display of the container in the alcove is for the guests’ enjoyment. In the winter season, the host typically selects a ceramic incense container.

This incense container is in the shape of a toy thread ball called temari; such balls were made by decoratively wrapping a cotton core with thread. Throughout the Edo period (1615–1868), temari balls were a popular gift from mother to daughter on New Year’s Day, when they would be played with or displayed.