Satsuma ware is a type of Japanese pottery
originating from Satsuma Province, in the
southern region of Kyushu island.
Satsuma ware is habitually divided into two
distinct categories: the original plain dark clay
early Satsuma, known as Ko-Satsuma and
produced in Satsuma from around 1600, and the
elaborately decorated export Satsuma, known as
Kyo-Satsuma, whose ivory-bodied pieces began
to be produced during the 19th century in various
By adapting their gilded polychromatic enamel
overglaze designs to appeal to the tastes of
western consumers, manufacturers of the latter
have managed to make Satsuma ware one of the
most recognized and profitable export products
of the Meiji period.
This stunning lidded Satsuma Ware incense
burner has been hand decorated with the
naturalistic figures of playful hares, among a
countryside background of flowers and plants,
The enamelled and gilded incense burner stands
on three feet, both
handles are decorated with
an intricate naturalistic pattern and its openwork
lid is crowned by the figure of
an animated dragon-lion on the top.
There is a seal on the underside.