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Updated: 21 Jul 2024

Butterfly design Incense Burner (IB-09)


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Title: Kiku ni Chou

Material: estimated copper

Size (Approx.) Weight
11.5cm × 11.5cm 685g

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SKU: IB-09 Categories: ,

Title: Kiku ni Chou

 This item is the Kouro (香炉, incense burner). It is a tool used for heating solid fragrances and releasing aroma components. We think this Kouro expresses the figure of a butterfly resting its wings on a chrysanthemum flower. The butterfly’s eyes, leg joints, and even the pattern on its wings are sculpted, and it is the principal motif of this work. If you look at the flower part from directly above, you could see that the petals are evenly spaced. Below that, chrysanthemum leaves are arranged rhythmically to form the base of this Kouro. This work is made up of gorgeous-looking motifs. However, we would like to note that each has a meaning as a lucky charm.

 A larva becomes a chrysalis, and it grows up into a butterfly. Since this insect changes its looks, it symbolizes the reborn. It is understandable that Samurai warriors, who were always on the verge of life and death, favored the butterfly pattern. Also, as butterflies make a couple on good terms, this motif represents a happy marriage.

 The chrysanthemum is also an auspicious motif. A long time ago, chrysanthemums were used as a medicine for obtaining a long life in the continent, and it was brought to Japan with this thought in the Nara period (648-781). The chrysanthemum symbolizes fall, and people have greatly appreciated it since ancient times. As seen on this Kouro, chrysanthemum petals form radially. Therefore, chrysanthemums have been likened to the sun. This flower pattern is treated as the symbol of perpetual youth and longevity or good health.

 *As this item is an antique, please check each photo and ensure its condition.

【About us】
 Samurai Museum is located in Tokyo, Japan, exhibiting antique artifacts related to the Samurai history. Samurai Museum Shop is the place for those who are interested in Japanese culture and craftsmanship. We deal with antique Samurai swords/armor, traditional crafts made in Japan and so on.

【Payment method】
 We accept payment through Stripe (Credit card), PayPal, Apple Pay or ChromePay, all of which are secure payment methods. Also, you don’t need to make an account on Stripe for the checkout. If you prefer other payment method, please contact us. You may either pay in JPY, USD, AUD, CAD, EUR, CHF or GBP. The price is set in Japanese Yen. Prices in other currencies are automatically calculated based on the latest exchange rate. 

【Shipping duration】
 We normally ship via EMS (Express Mail Service) provided by Japan Post. It usually takes at least 5-14 days to deliver the package after you place an order.

 We offer Free International Shipping as long as we can ship your order by EMS. If you prefer other shipping carriers, please contact us.
 We will inform you of the order’s tracking number via email. Please make sure you fill out your valid email address correctly. 

*If you like to make sure if EMS shipping is available to your country, please contact us.

【How to make sure the condition】
 Please keep in mind that what you are going to purchase is an antique item. We uploaded high resolution photos for you to check its condition thoroughly. If you like to see more photos with different angles, please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to send them to you so that you can make informed decision. 

 It is essential for us to know that you are happy with your choice of antique item and we are prepared to use the best of our ability to serve you.


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