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Chinese Copper Bronze Bo Mountain Censers Ca. 1800

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Chinese Copper Bronze Bo Mountain Censers Ca. 1800

This exceptional pair of copper bronze ritual incense burners, relief cast in the form of Chinese bronze hill censers common in the Han Dynasty, date to ca. 1800. Each censer has a lozenge-shaped pedestal base from which emerges a stem supporting the incense cup. Surrounding the pedestal stem are patterns of Chinese lappets, scrolls and key designs. The cup which holds the incense is covered all around with low relief decoration of waves, rock formations and a lush peach orchard. (In Chinese legend, the peach is associated with long life and good fortune and bestowed immortality on those who ate it.) The pierced openwork cover, cast in the form of Bo Mountain, contains layers of clouds above waves and rocks. This unique mountain form, known as “po-shan hsiang-lu,” was made to represent the form of the Bo Mountain (“Bo Shan”), a mythical land of immortality.

An object with definite ritual associations, censers such as these were cast in the shape of a fairy mountain and often covered with scenes from nature modeled in low relief. Its base is lapped by the waves of the Eastern Sea, while the openings along the peak emit the incense smoke symbolizing the cloud-vapor (“yun-ch’i”) which is the exhalation of the fairy mountain. According to traditional Chinese belief, all nature is alive and “breathing.”

CONDITION is excellent, and the patina of age is wonderful.

DIMENSIONS: 8 ½” (21.7 cm) high, 5 ½” (14 cm) wide, 4 ¾” (11.5 cm) deep.

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