Incense Container in the Shape of a Flower

Accession Number

Incense Container in the Shape of a Flower

Kōyama Kiyoko

Object Creation Date
circa 2000

Medium & Support
stoneware with natural ash glaze

2 1/16 in x 1 3/4 in x 1 3/4 in (5.24 cm x 4.45 cm x 4.45 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 flower
Heisei Period (1989–present)
circa 2000
Stoneware with natural ash glaze
Gift of the artist, 2010/1.219

Subject matter
This is an incense container. 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
Flower shaped incense container consisting of two halves, which open horizontally. The top of the container has a subtle flower pattern that compliments the shape of the container and appears to have been stamped on the top. The color is a dark red on the very top of the container, with the color transitioning to a lighter reddish orange for the rest of the container.

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
incense burner

Collection Area

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

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