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Chinese Bronze Incense Burner

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China Anonymous, Chinese
Chinese Bronze Incense Burner, c. 1680-1720
Enamel on Brass
19 1/4 in. x 11 in. x 8 in. (48.9 cm x 27.94 cm x 20.32 cm)


Object Type: Cloisonné
Technique: Cloisonné
Creation Place: Asia, China
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Dorothy Adler Routh
Accession Number: 73.3.28


Marks
No marks.

Medium
Multicolored enamels and carnelian on a brass body.

Object Description
Chinese brass incense burner with a Dog of Fo on the top of the lid, and flying horse and geometric decoration on the body in multicolored (reddish-toned) enamels. The cloisonné work is excecuted on three sections on the body. There are some carnelian pieces fitted in the base. The handle and lid are decorated in openwork, and the tripod legs have T'ao-t'ieh (glutton mask) decoration. The zephyr decoration appears to be non-Chinese and the object itself seems to be welded together later since the base area does not seem to fit in the general scheme of the form. The object seems to be a late 17th century to early 18th century piece.

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