A Rare 18th Century Cast Iron Censor

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A Rare 18th Century Cast Iron Censor
This censor was cast during the early pary of the Ch¡¯ien Lung Period (1736 ¨C 1796 ) , Qing Dynasty. At the bottom left side (pictured) the censor is signed and dated. The Chinese characters at the side:乾隆四年十月吉日 造 translates " it is made in one traditional ( auspicious) good day of October in 1740. The approximate age is 2011-1740=271 This censor is in excellent condition, including the feet. Only cleaned and a light coat of bees wax applied. The censor is decorated in the round with Pomegranate ( punica granatum), and peony (paeonia suffruticosa). The pomegranate with its excess of 600 seed has become a symbol of fertility and numerous progeny. Esteemed as one of the most exquisite flowers the peony is a symbol for nobility and value. A symbol of spring, it is also used as a metaphor for female beauty and reproduction. Pictured in full bloom, the peony symbolizes peace.

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