19th Century Large Chinese Bronze Dragon Censer
10.75"H x 19.25"W x 13.5"dia
Late 19th Century cast bronze and copper. Chinese temple incense burner. This incense burner has three feet and is decorated with a phoenix which seems to take flight. Features a foo lion mask and ring handles, a body with dragons in relief, sitting atop tripodal figural paw legs. A heavy, substantial piece.
For many centuries, people in China have burned incense in shallow censers such as this, placed within a shrine or atop a home altar. An essential element of ritual prayer, incense is burned to measure the duration of the ritual and as a form of offering to one's ancestors or religious deities.
We love it as a beautiful way to display our bubbly and cold drinks on ice...not just our incense. A versatile piece. Good vintage condition. Small dent to copper.