incense burner in the shape of an antique Chinese bronze basin with three legs, tall slotted handles and lid; lions in relief over a tao-tieh design on front and back and larger lion with ball on the top on a cloud design of the lid; perhaps originally coated with black lacquer

Incense burner with Chinese lions, 16th century

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This incense burner, used in Buddhist rituals, mirrors the shape of an ancient Chinese three-legged vessel called a ding and features several Chinese lions, a semimythical animal. The lion on top rests his left paw on an orb—the wish-granting jewel of Buddhism—in a protective gesture.

Exhibitions
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Title
Incense burner with Chinese lions
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.79.436a,b
Catalogue Raisonne
Murase, Art through a Lifetime, no. 819
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incense burner in the shape of an antique Chinese bronze basin with three legs, tall slotted handles and lid; lions in relief over a tao-tieh design on front and back and larger lion with ball on the top on a cloud design of the lid; perhaps originally coated with black lacquer