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Koro Cloisonné Incense Burner (part of a five piece set)

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China Anonymous, Chinese
Koro Cloisonné Incense Burner (part of a five piece set), c. 1850
Enamel on Brass
16 1/4 in. x 15 in. x 7 1/2 in. (41.28 cm x 38.1 cm x 19.05 cm)


Object Type: Cloisonné
Technique: Cloisonné
Creation Place: Asia, China
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Dorothy Adler Routh
Accession Number: 73.2.1a


Commentary
During the Ch'ing Dynasty is was found desirable to make altar sets like this out of decorative, lightweight and less expensive cloisonné, and to save bronze for other purposes.

The motifs that decorate this altar set are the most traditional and respected of all designs used in cloisonné, and particularly for cloisonné objects made for the Imperial court: stylized lotus flowers, branch and leaf scrolls, and palmate leaf borders. In this set the execution is unusually fine and perfect.

Marks
No marks.

Medium
Multicolored enamels on a brass base.

Object Description
Koro style cloisonné incense burner with a detachable openwork lid with tall knob, as well as two extended arms and three T'ao T'ieh form legs. The floral sprays and geometric pattern are executed in multicolored enamels on a green field. Part of a five piece altar set.

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