Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Incense Burner (koro) and Cover with Molded and Reticulated Design

Edo period (1615–1868)
18th century
Satsuma ware, earthenware with clear glaze
H. (with cover) 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1919
Accession Number:
Not on view
The cover as well as the body of this three-legged incense burner is molded and reticulated. The earthenware body is covered with a transparent, slightly yellowish crackled glaze, a typical glazing technique for Satsuma ware. Satsuma ware was produced in Satsuma Province in Kyushu from the sixteenth century by Korean potters brought over to Japan; later Satsuma ware was produced in Kyoto as well (Kyoto Satsuma). The body's material represents a transition between porcelain and earthenware, fired at a lower temperature than porcelain. The harmonic proportions and the delicate curves of the object, as well as its undecorated surface, are indicative of the earlier history of Satsuma ware. By the mid-Meiji period (1868–1912), Satsuma ware was extensively decorated in overglaze polychrome paint and gold depicting bird-and-flower compositions, scenes inspired by woodblock prints, or similar popular Japanese imagery to satisfy the demands of Westerners. After Satsuma pieces were introduced at the 1867 Paris Exposition, they became popular among Western collectors, but the most appreciated collectibles for connoisseurs remained early Satsuma ware.
Thomas E. H. Curtis , Plainfield, NJ (until d. 1918; sale, Anderson Art Galleries, New York, 17 January 1919, no. 218, to MMA).
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Kodai-ji Lacquer," 1995.

Related Objects

Serving Dish (Hirabachi) with Circular Patterns (Botan-mochi)

Date: early 17th century Medium: Stoneware with natural ash glaze (Bizen ware) Accession: 2015.300.264 On view in:Not on view

Sencha Teapot (Kyūsu)

Date: early 19th century Medium: Stoneware with crackled transparent glaze (Satsuma ware) Accession: 93.3.122a, b On view in:Gallery 224

Lobed Dish

Date: early 18th century Medium: Porcelain with celadon glaze (Hizen ware; Nabeshima type) Accession: 1975.268.557 On view in:Gallery 204

Plate with Geometric Design

Date: late 17th century Medium: Stoneware with iron and straw-ash glaze (Shōdai ware) Accession: 2002.447.31 On view in:Gallery 202

Large Folded Vessel with Deep Blue-Grey and Cream Tones

Artist: Mihara Ken (Japanese, born 1958) Date: 2007 Medium: Stoneware with natural ash glaze; multiple firings Accession: 2007.325 On view in:Gallery 202