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Antique Japanese Bronze Incense Burner
Enlightenment Censer
Shishi Tripod

Circa: Edo period, 18th-early 19th century

H 6.5 in.(16.5cm), W 4.5 in.(11.5cm), D 4 in.(10cm)
Condition: o.a. very good!


Private Collection

A small ornate censer with hand-chased ornamentation, finely cast heavy trunk bearing a smoky dark bronze patina, with usage encrustation built-up on the interior that still containing incense ashes. This drum-shaped tripod is standing on three flaring stilts, adorned with two wing-shaped handles near its upper rim. The lid of the bowl is pierced in arabesques of foliate motifs, upon which a lion-dancing shishi is hovering on three-legs. The jewel of the piece is the protruding figures of the cowherd and ox theme, depicting the Zen parable of spiritual evolution as outlined in Mahayana Sutra. Whereas on the opposing wall is a large maple leaf framed by clusters of cherry blossoms carved in high relief, which floating above a veneer of endless knot paneling on both side of the exterior.

Edo Enlightenment Bronze Tripod
Enlightenment Censer
Enlightenment Bronze CenserEnlightenment Bronze Censer
Edo Enlightenment Bronze Tripod
Last BuddhaFuture Buddha

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