Incense burner in the shape of a seated woman

Anonymous artist

Anonymous artist - Incense burner in the shape of a seated woman
The seated beauty from Arita leans against her left hand, with her legs stretched forward and right hand holding a vase whose bottom rests on her legs. She is dressed in the uchikake kimono with a paulownia motif and circular medallions with motifs of a landscape with clouds or flowers, scrollwork and lozenge-shaped latticework. The undergarment bears painted bamboo stems and birds. The vase, too, bears paulownia decoration. Figures of seated beauties are rare in Czech collections and can only be found in the National Gallery in Prague. (See Filip Suchomel – Marcela Suchomelová, Mistrovská díla japonského porcelánu, Praha 1997, p. 93.)
measurements: height 23,1 cm
width 24,1 cm
depth 14 cm
material: Porcelain
technique: Painted in underglaze cobalt blue and overglaze red, green and black enamel and gold
inventory number: Vu 4203
gallery collection: Collection of Asian and African Art
licence: Creative Commons License public domain