Horned owl-shaped incense burner, Bizen ware
Bizen ware, which flourished as tea ceremony ceramics from the Momoyama period to the Edo period (1603-1868), has a strong impression of jars and bottles with a rustic charm characteristic of stoneware, but it also produced highly realistic incense burners and figurines with advanced techniques.
The body and lid are divided in the center with holes drilled in both eyes for venting smoke.
The head and chest are covered with Bizen's distinctive glaze formed by ash spotting, and the line-engraved feathers, sharp toes, and strong, gleaming eyes are all well expressed.
The ears standing up are adorable, and this incense burner is very elaborately made.
The toe on the right side was chipped and has been repaid it.