We have a beautiful late 17th Century Japanese Imari "Koro" or incense burner for sale, which is diamond shaped and has a pierced top with pretty finial. The lid is painted with a chrysanthemum and a bird and the base with painted flowers and wheat sheeves. The Koro stands on four bracket feet and is 8.5 centimetres high. The Koro is available at £795 subject ot prior sale and is in good condition for its age with slight wear and very minor firing related flaws, typical of the period.(item 159).
Whilst the word "Koro" has a number of definitions here it refers to the Japanese Censer which was typically used in japanese tea ceremonies. They came in a number of different styles and materials from Porcelain and enamel through to bronze. The two most important ingredients used in japanese incense are sandalwood and agarwood. Both produce calming scents which are conducive to meditation. Most of the ingredients come from India and South East Asia and are renowned for their medicinal effect. today we see these beautiful objects being kept for a variety of uses from ornaments to dressing table accessories.
|Japanese 17th Century Incense Burner||£795|