Antique Chinese bronze censer (incense burner) in the form of the tripod vessel Li Ding with cover and rosewood stand, Ming dynasty (first half of the 17th-century).
The compressed globular body with a waisted neck and everted rim flanked by a pair of beast masks, set with upright bail handles, supported on three tall tapering conical legs.
The rounded sides are adorned with two panels; one is engraved on a punched ground with a horned qilin, birds, and two Lohans within the floral patterns. The other panel is engraved on a punched ground with two phoenix birds surrounded by peonies flowers. The domed pierced cover is topped with a Buddhist Lion. The censer comes with its rosewood stand finely carved in openwork with scrolls and the central medallion carved with a dragon head.
CONDITION: In good condition considering its age to be approximately 400 years old. It shows its age and uses. One of the legs of the wooden stand cracked and reglued.
Height, including the stand: 28 cm (11 inches).
Height without the stand: 23cm (9 inches).
Width mask to mask: 20 cm (7.9 inches)
Weight without the wooden stand: 1.600 kg (3.5 lb).
Antique Chinese 17th Century Ming Dynasty Bronze Tripod Censer Incense Burner
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