Japanese Meiji Period (19th century) big and fine Satsuma Koro (Incense Burner ) with a big sculpture of Shishi on top of a lid. Two handles over the sides of the Koro are made in a shape of beasts . The feet have symbolic decorations and two sides with handles have decorations and clouds, there are two big shields, one with an aristocrat old man (probably a teacher) and children (students) , with fence and mountains on the background.
The other side is decorated with a gorgeous shield with flying ducks, a river-scape, plants over coast and sun.
Four bats are painted over corners over frames of each shield.
The pierced lid has four mon-shaped openings and symbolic decorations over sides.
The body of shishi is finely decorated with a tiny relieved white enamel circles and rich gilding
11 1/2" tall 6 3/4" wide x 5" deep