Japanese Buddhist gilt bronze long-handled censor, called a rengegata egoro or ekoro, in the form of a lotus. Kamakura-Muromachi Period, 14th-15th century. Rengegata signifies lotus-form, and the cast bronze bowl of the vessel is in the shape of an open lotus blossom (kaifugata), and the foot is made up of downward lotus flowers (kaeribana). The stalk of the lotus forms the handle, which supports a small, open leaf pad which serves as a platform for incense. This form originated during the Heian Period, having been introduced to Japan from Tang Dynasty China. A very similar example is at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, cataloged in Kajima, Vol. 1, chapt. 3, pg. 53, no. 50. 11" x 2 7/8" tall, the bowl being 3 1/2" diameter. 15 oz. Very good, if a little worn condition. The bowl and stand retain much of their gilt. It is missing its lid. From the estate of a Boston collector and world-traveler, by way of a Gold Coast Chicago heir. Details to purchaser.