Makimasa Imai

Phoenix Incense Burner

The phoenix is one of the four Taoist gods said to reign over the four directions.
Japan has valued the phoenix from days of old as the divine creature that protects the south.
In Kyoto, the Suzaku Mon (or “Phoenix Gate”) is the southern gate protected by the phoenix, and the road from there to the center of the city is called the Suzaku Odori (or “Phoenix Boulevard”).
I see the Phoenix as an important presence to protect our daily lives.  

¥ 395,000

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W 14.5 × D 37 × H 26 cm
weight: about 3kg

W 5.71 × D 14.57 × H 10.24 in
weight: about 6.61 lbs
Makimasa Imai

Makimasa Imai

Makimasa Imai insists on firing his pieces in climbing kilns to create a deep, rich finish, and he travels 400 km from Kyoto to Takehara in Hiroshima Prefecture to fire. His artwork is designed to give a vivid and energetic feeling to the animals he creates, adding a feeling of vitality to the space they are displayed in.
Makimasa's father, ceramic artist Masayuki Imai, is a recipient of the Order of Cultural Merit, which is considered a high honor in Japan.