A GILT-BRONZE RITUAL CENSOR (EGORO) 13th century

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Lot 2127
A GILT-BRONZE RITUAL CENSOR (EGORO)
13th century

Sold for US$ 34,160 inc. premium

Fine Japanese Works of Art

25 Mar 2010, 13:00 EDT

New York

A GILT-BRONZE RITUAL CENSOR (EGORO)
13th century
Cast in bronze, the fluted ash cup carved with mythical beasts, incised with clouds and set on a chrysanthemum base and fitted with a long handle reminiscent of a reishi scepter and pierced at the head and carved with a winged equine mythical beast balanced on a scrolling lotus and flying birds, flowers and clouds, the terminus mounted with a Chinese lion balance, the cover with a lotus finial and pierced carved with a chrysanthemum
16 1/2in (41.3cm)

Footnotes

  • The custom of offering incense to Buddhist deities using long-handled censers appears in Gandharan stone sculpture as early as the 2nd century. Long-handled censers were introduced to Japan from Tang China, where censers with unadorned ends, resembling the tails of birds, or those with lion-shaped counter balances, were most popular. Soon after, Japanese bronze casters began producing long-handled censers modeled after the Tang-dynasty prototype.
A GILT-BRONZE RITUAL CENSOR (EGORO) 13th century
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