censer, antique, bronze, zhou style


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A supreme bronze piece from 19th century and before. The style of this incense burner is of the traditional "Ding" , the famed censer used by the imperial court and social elites. The Chinese history of bronze making dates back to as early as 1600 BC.

This spectacular piece depicts 2 pairs of dragons guarding the handles. Their childlike expression and gentle curves soften an otherwise severe design. The handles are inscribed with ancient characters. The body of the burner features the traditional beast motif, which is a symbol of power and good fortune in prehistoric eras. The legs are interesting as they are made with 4 parakeets like birds, which symbolize joy and good news.

All original patina. Exceedingly rare.

11" h x 6" d x 8" w