Incense burner in chiseled bronze with brown patina in the shape of a rounded gourd, decorated with long branched stems fitted with carved branch tendrils, gourd leaves, flowers and shoots.
The calabash is a plant native to the tropical regions of Africa and Asia. It is cultivated for its gourd-shaped fruit, which once dried is used for the manufacture of various traditional objects such as kitchen utensils, containers or lamps.
The use of incense is introduced in Japan at the same time as Buddhism. From the 12th century, courtiers became accustomed to perfume incense, and used a small ornate lacquer box for their personal use. In the 16th century, incense was then used to purify the air in a living room where tea was taken. An incense burner was placed in the alcove where incense was burned before the guests arrived. At the end of the Edo period, the incense burner became an essentially decorative object.
Japan – Meiji Era (1868-1912)
Height : 7,3 inch – Width : 5,5 inch