Mimizuki tetsu koroAUBE-15
Attributed to Miyazaki Kanchi (1633-1712)
Owl-shaped incense burner
Edo period, 17th century
H. 6.9 in (17.5cm)
Miyazaki Kanchi was a famous kamashi (tea ceremony iron kettle artist) in the middle Edo period, born in Kanazawa. He learned the technique at Ōnishi Jyōsei’s workshop in Kyoto. Later, Maeda Toshitsune, the lord of Kanazawa at the time, called him back when he built his castle. Kanchi also created many Buddhist implements besides iron kettles. This koro (incense burner) is a rare masterpiece with a fine patina. It has an expressionless look which is very appealing. The smoke emerges through its ears and mouth when the incense is burnt.