Incense burner, or kōro, with an entrance gate amid trees

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  • Catalogue text

    Baluster shaped incense burner with a lid pierced as a chrysanthemum. A building appears amid trees in a landscape in gold wire on a green ground. Signed; Kyōto Namikawa on a silver tablet.

    Turning to landscape as a subject, in the early 1900s, Yasuyuki was almost obliged to use shaded backgrounds, which he had usually avoided before. In this gold-wired incense burner, there is another new technique, the use of triangular cross-sections of wire set in the picture end on, to act as leaves or flower-petals.

    In: Impey, Oliver, and Joyce Seaman, Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period 1868-1912, Ashmolean Handbooks (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005)

Glossary of terms

cloisonné

koro

kōro

Further reading

Impey, Oliver, and Joyce Seaman, Japanese Decorative Arts of the Meiji Period 1868-1912, Ashmolean Handbooks (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2005), no. 37 on p. 78, pp. 8, 22, & 74, illus. pp. 78-79

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