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Chinese Ivory Incense Burner

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China Anonymous, Chinese
Chinese Ivory Incense Burner, 1900-10
Ivory
7 1/4 in. x 8 7/8 in. x 4 1/8 in. (18.42 cm x 22.54 cm x 10.48 cm)


Object Type: Sculpture
Technique: Carving
Creation Place: Asia, China
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Dorothy Adler Routh
Accession Number: 73.2.2


Dimensions
The object is accompanied by a fitted wooden stand that measures 1 7/8" in height.

Marks
Foot marking reads: "Ch'ien-Lung Yu Chih (made for Honorable Ch'ien Lung), but the object doesn't seem to fit that dating scheme, according to appraiser Tomoo Ogita of Asia Art Associates.

Medium
Carved ivory.

Object Description
Carved ivory incense burner with two handles fitted with rings and a lid. The lid displays T'ao T'ieh decoration with rings, and a Buddha form on the top. There is also a scene engraved on the interior of the lid, and the lid has an eight diagram decoration carved on the exterior. The tripod legs are also in the T'ao T'ieh (glutton mask) forms, and the body has a great deal of openwork carving in the form of dragons and cloud patterns. There is a carved scene with a dragon on the bottom of the interior of the vessel. Records indicate that the object came with a fitted wooden stand, which is not currently with the object.

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