This incense burner is composed of two equal halves. It opens to be used for incense storage, and takes the shape of a ginko leaf. The glaze gives the piece a red color.
This is an incense container in the shape of a ginko leaf. The artist, Koyama Kyoko, struggled as a female potter in a trade dominated by male artists. She received recognition when she discovered a way to revive the forgotten techinique of natural ash glazes, which are commonly used in her work.
55.88 cm x 41.28 cm x 1.91 cm (22 in. x 16 1/4 in. x 3/4 in.)
Black line representation of a human head and face, facing the viewer. Head is oval shape with vertical parallel lines. Chin and top of head are rounded. Short hair represented by thick dots and fine curved lines, and nose is formed by straight, vertical lines. Eyebrows are drawn with thick, black lines. "We shall Overcome" is printed in brown across the top of the sheet.
Brass pipe with a figurative bowl in the shape of a human head.
The pipe's bowl is a human face, styled with European physical characteristics. The face smokes a smaller pipe, meant to be a humurous allusion to an infinite series commenting on the plasticity of social relationships and universals of human experience. The pipe smokes a pipe, which may be thought of as smoking an even smaller pipe and so on. Similarly, the pipesmoker may be unknowingly being smoked, and so on.