Condition: Excellent

Japanese Signed Ohi Kogo / Kougou | Incense container | Chozaemon X | Heisei Period

This incense container, (Kogo), used for the Japanese tea ceremony is in the traditional shape with removable lid in the reddish-brown, amber glazed luster finish with signature on the bottom of the piece. This kogo sits comfortably in the hands of the holder and presents a fine play of textures and amber tones. It has a low foot-ring showing signature on the base of the piece foot-ring, and is signed by Chozaemon X. Age: 1987-1989. Dimensions: 2-0” dia. x 1-3/8””h. 

Additional Information —

During Sumidemae, the Kogo is brought into the room together with other tea ceremony utensils, along with the Sumi in the Sumitori charcoal container. A Kogo has been be made in many shapes and forms. From simple round to cherry blossom petal shape, an octagon, various animal shapes, moon shapes, etc. Incense from the Kogo is placed in the charcoal fire to emit a nice fragrance as the Sumi gets hotter and hotter. Usually there are about three pieces in the Kogo incense container but only two are placed in the fire, one near the fire and a second one more distant from the fire to start burning later and have a continuous fragrance in the Chashitsu.

As the creators of fine pottery, the Chozaemon family of potters has been associated with the world of the Japanese tea ceremony since the 17th century. The Chozaemon lineage started with Hodoan (1631-1712), apprentice to the fourth heir of the Raku family of potters. In 1666, he accompanied Senso Shoshitsu, (1622-1697), the fourth heir of the Urasenke School of Japanese tea ceremony, to the city of Kanazawa, the capital of the Maeda clan’s province, Kaga (current Ishikawa prefecture). In the village of Ohi, the first Chozaemon established a kiln which still produces superior tea ceremony wares and since the Meiji Restoration, ceramics for everyday living, is also produced.

Ohi ware is referred to as “Wakigama” (which is a general term for kilns used to make Raku ware that are outside of the Raku line), of the Kyoto Raku line. Ohi are made from fine quality earth and coated with a red-yellow glaze, commonly known as Ohi Amber glaze. Ohi ware is said to be the only current “Wakigama” with such lineage.

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