Mosquito Smoker (Katori)


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 199

Mosquito smokers were filled with plant material that was burned and then doused with water to produce insect-repelling smoke. The iris, a symbol of early summer in Japan, also refers to an episode in a famed tenth-century literary work The Tales of Ise. An inscription on the underside indicates that Moore purchased the smoker from his son William, an early dealer of Asian decorative arts.

Mosquito Smoker (Katori), Minzan, Earthenware with white lead glaze and polychrome overglaze enamels (Sanuki ware), Japan

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