A large bronze incense burner

A large bronze incense burner


17th century

Length: 17 in, 43.2 cm

In the form of a Buddhist lion, with its front paws on a pierced brocade ball. It has incised curling hair on its head, mane, back, legs, paws and many-branched tail; it has leaf-shaped ears, protruding eyes, a broad nose and a wide muzzle. The lion’s head is hinged, and its mouth is open for the release of the incense smoke. The bronze bears a mellow deep brown patina.

A related cloisonné enamel censer is illustrated in Metal-bodied Enamel Ware: The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum, no. 75, p. 78.