Japanese Kogo-Incense Container

Japanese Tea Ceremony Ceramic Tiger (Tora) Incense Container | Kogo Ceramic Collectible

$58.00

Age:1970s

Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 1-1/4”h x 2-1/4” l x 2-0”w 

Offered is a unique Kougou (or kogo) which is a small, decorative vessel used to burn incense during a traditional Japanese tea ceremony in the home. This kougou is porcelain in a grey-celadon and brown glaze, with a relief of a Tiger (or Tora) on the lid, with courageous self expressive eyes. The top fits precisely into the base, which has a smaller scooped out area where the incense would rest. 

A Kogo porcelain incense box usually holds kneaded incense in Japan during the cooler months and support the use of the Kodo, which is the incense burner. Both pieces are often used in conjunction with the tea ceremony to create balance. They provide a wonderful element that will sure to be a conversation starter about the world renowned Japanese craftsmanship and kilns.

It has its original kiriwood box signed and descriptive box marked Tenjin which is a pottery kiln in Kurashiki. The piece has an impressed seal on the bottom. The original paperwork on the kiln and artist in Japanese is included.

Vintage Condition: Great to exceptional with no chips, cracks or discoloration. “As is”, and retains the original craft/workmanship. 

NOTE: Tiger (tora) — Born 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938, 1926, 1914. People born in the year of the Tiger are sensitive, stubborn, short-tempered, courageous, selfish, and slightly mean ... yet they are deep thinkers and are capable of great sympathy for those they are close to and love.