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BONSAI - INCENSE?
The occupation with old and new bonsai pots is quite new to us Europeans. Only the understanding creates enthusiasts who are willing to build up a smaller or larger collection of beautiful pots. This pot is a very good example for the fact that even for experts, bonsai pots can be hard to distinguish from containers used for religious rituals. Only the images on the four sides of the pot would tell somebody familiar with the Chinese symbol language that this is a Buddhist container for incense sticks.
The pot is 80 to 100 years old. Size: 31 x 31 x 27 cm (12 x 10.5 in).
The light beige ceramic material nearly resembles porcelain. The blue glaze painting of the pictures creates a nice contrast. It has a cheerful and exhilarated aura. For us it looks almost like western Art Nouveau.
This pot is from the bonsai pot museum of PIUS NOTTER, Switzerland. (See also Museum, Pius Notter).
Photographs: Pius Notter
Translation: Heike van Gunst