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Incense burner

2013-10-18 11:34:06



Gilded Bronze Incense Burner carved with Flying Dragons

Ming Dynasty

Width: 18cm

Height: 16cm

The incense burner is in the shape of a compressed rectangular bowl with an openwork lid and four ruyi legs. The body of the vessel is carved in high relief with a dragon emerging from the frothing waves. The four corners of the lid are carved with ruyi heads. On the lid are two prancing dragons flying among auspicious clouds culminating to form the finial. The piece is cast by using the lost wax method. The dragons and the clouds are partly gilded. The bottom is clearly inscribed in regular script with the gilt-highlighted characters "made during the Xuande period of the Ming Dynasty".

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