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.
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.