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Incense Container in the Shape of a Plum Flower

Accession Number

Incense Container in the Shape of a Plum Flower

Kōyama Kiyoko

Object Creation Date
circa 2000

Medium & Support
stoneware with natural ash glaze

1 11/16 in x 2 3/8 in x 2 3/8 in (4.29 cm x 6.03 cm x 6.03 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of the artist

Label copy
Recent Acquisitions Part II
March 31-August 5, 2012
Kôyama Kiyoko
Japan, born 1936
Incense container in shape of plum flower
Heisei Period (1989–present)
circa 2000
Stoneware with natural ash glaze
Gift of the artist, 2010/1.218

Subject matter
This is an incense container in the design of a plum (ume) bloosom. The artist, Koyama Kyoko, struggled as a female potter in a trade dominated by male artists. She received recognition when she discovered a way to revive the forgotten techinique of natural ash glazes, which are commonly used in her work.

Physical Description
Incense container in the shape of a plum blossom. The container consists of two halves opening horizontally, with the top of the container being very textured with a pattern of ridges. The container is bi-colored, with a whitish gray and reddish orange coloring.

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
incense burner

Collection Area

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ceramic ware (visual works)
ceramics (object genre)
pottery (visual works)
stoneware (pottery)

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