An archaistic bronze censer, fangding 17th/18th century
Lot 143
An archaistic bronze incense burner, fangding 17th/18th century
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An archaistic bronze incense burner, fangding
17th/18th century
Cast with two upright handles on the projected rim and flanges on the corners, decorated on each side with a register enclosing a taotie mask flanked by whorl and geometric motifs reserved on a leiwen ground above a leiwen cartouche framed by raised bosses, all raised on four supports with masks, the interior cast with pictograms, all supported on a wood stand and surmounted by a wood cover with a finial in the form of a pale green jade mythical beast, seated on its back haunches, the head raised with bulging eyes and a prominent nose above the open jaws revealing fangs and rows of teeth, holding a leafy sprig in its mouth, Ming Dynasty, 6.8cm (2⅝in) high.
The incense burner 24cm (9⅜in) high (3).


  • Provenance: Professor Max Esterer, Germany.

    The present fangding is a Qing Dynasty copy of a late Shang Dynasty fangding; for a related example excavated in 1990 in Henan, Anyang, Xinan, tomb no.160, see Zhongguo Qingtong Qitu Ji, Beijing, 2005, p.48.

    Compare also related jade carvings of mythical beasts attributed to the Ming Dynasty, illustrated by Tsang Chu-chiu G., Chinese Jade Animals, Hong Kong, 1996, Catalogue nos.143 and 144.
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