Cloisonne enamel censer and cover

Cloisonne enamel censer
Cloisonne enamel censer


Ming dynasty
Length: 4 in, 10.2 cm

heavily cast, the oval section vessel is supported on a rounded, spreading foot, and two gilt-bronze lion-mask handles are set on the short sides. The sides are enamelled with a bold lotus scroll in various colours on a turquoise ground, above a band of S-scrolls and a small floral scroll around the foot; the rims are gilt. The cover is enamelled with a similar scroll to that on the foot and is surmounted by a gilt-bronze curling dragon chasing a flaming pearl amid cloud scrolls, pierced for the release of the incense smoke.