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Vintage rabbit kogo incense holder


A vintage tea ceremony incense box, or kogo, in the shape of a rabbit, one of the twelve lucky animals of the Japanese zodiac. In Japan rabbits are thought to make bad luck disappear and to represent success.

Circa 1980s.

This logo is whitish-beige color with a speckled and rough hard glaze. Minimal black markings give the simple rabbit it’s form. The rabbit sits timidly and watchfully; legs tucked under it’s body.

The kogo is Hida Koito-yaki ware, a ceramic made in Takashima City in Gifu Prefecture. It is signed by the artist, Nagakura Saburo, on the base. The incense box comes in it’s original wooden storage box, which is also signed by the artist. It is in great vintage condition with no chips or cracks.

Kogo are beautiful little miniatures representing many aspects of traditional Japanese life, customs and seasonal events and as such make lovely, meaningful collection pieces.

- box measures 9 cm (3.5”) x 6 cm (2.3”) x 7 cm (2.7”).
- kogo measures 6 cm (2.3”) x 4 cm (1.5”) x 6 cm (2.3”).


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