Incense Burner in the Shape of a Lotus
On View: Asian Galleries, Southwest, 2nd floor
In Buddhism, the lotus symbolizes transcendence because the flower emerges from stagnant water to bloom in bright colors. Here the ceramicist Kawase Shinobu uses the clear blue celadon glaze known as seihakuji to capture the spiritual importance of a lotus bud. This vessel is designed to support burning incense sticks, with a lily-pad-shape saucer to catch falling ash.
Celadon glazed porcelain
burner: 12 1/8 x 3 7/8 x 4 in. (30.8 x 9.8 x 10.2 cm)
base plate: 3/8 x 12 in. (1 x 30.5 cm) (show scale)
"Shinobu" incised on base
Gift of Joan B. Mirviss in honor of the artist
Kawase Shinobu (Japanese, born 1950). Incense Burner in the Shape of a Lotus, 2008. Celadon glazed porcelain, burner: 12 1/8 x 3 7/8 x 4 in. (30.8 x 9.8 x 10.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Joan B. Mirviss in honor of the artist, 2014.61a-c. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2014.61a-c_PS9.jpg)
overall, 2014.61a-c_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2019
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