The bird and the camellia incense burner
Kutani pottery history goes back to the 17th century to the present day. This shibui-style piece, with expressive strokes and vivid colors, qualifies as ao-Kutani or Kutani blue and green, as these are the dominant colors in its design. The main decorative motifs of ao-Kutani are flowers, birds and fruits.
This incense burner is inspired by the Ko-Kutani (Old Kutani), so called to differentiate it from the works made from the 19th century onwards.
In Japan, these magnificent incense burners are precious gift and an essential part of the elegant decoration. They are filled with pressed rice ash were sticks are nailed. Having no bamboo support, Japanese incense will burn completely without leaving a trace.