Incense burner shaped like a seated beauty

Anonymous artist

Anonymous artist - Incense burner shaped like a seated beauty
This beautiful figure made in Arita leans against her right hand, while her legs bear a lid concealing a miniature incense burner. Her uchikake kimono is decorated with sparse blossoms, scrollwork and medallions shaped like the geometric pine bark matsukawabishi. The undergarment is decorated with painted clouds, while the obi sash bears geometric latticework. Figures of seated beauties are rare in the 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 22,2 cm
width 10 cm
depth 25,6 cm
material: Porcelain
technique: Painted in underglaze cobalt blue and overglaze red, green, black enamel and gold
inventory number: Vu 2152
gallery collection: Collection of Asian and African Art