A white porcelain "Blanc-de-Chine" Buddhist Lion incense stick holder in similar style to the larger Guardian Lions which are frequently to be found at the entrances to Buddhist temples. These were probably originally made for domestic home altars and were among the first items to be exported to Europe from China as decorative objects.
This item was made in the kilns of Dehua, Fujian Province, South China ,circa 1640-1660, and exported to Europe during the middle of the 17th Century.
For a very similar example please see catalogue # 90 in "Blanc de Chine - Porcelain from Dehua a catalogue of the Hickley Collection, Singapore" by Rose Kerr & John Ayers.
Condition: one old 3cm hairline to the base; no further damages, no losses and no restoration.
16.8cm (6.5inches) high.