Kōgō ('incense container') in the form of a dove
Edo period, 18th-19th century AD
For the Tea Ceremony
The container bears an ink inscription, 'Itto', which is the mark of the eighth Teamaster of the Urasenke tradition of the Tea Ceremony, whose life spanned the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
The Urasenke tradition originated with Sen no Rikyū (1522-1591) who revised the etiquette of the Tea Ceremony at the request of the military leader Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536/7-98). Sen no Rikyū's rules survive today much as he remodelled them.