Censer, covered, of green jade in the form of a pagoda. The cover is in 3 sections carved with Buddhist symbol ; the finial a dragon surmonted by the praying mantis guarding the pearl of omnipotence. Body carved with all over foliate pattern, the rim with running Chinese fret. superb quality jade with begonia leaf marking. Brilliant emerald green in color.

Incense Burner in the Form of a Ding Vessel, 18th century

Unknown artist, expand_more

Green jadeiteexpand_more

Gift of Augustus L. Searleexpand_more  36.7.1a,b

G210expand_more

A wide projecting rim, the edge of which is engraved with a thunder pattern, separates the body of this short, three-footed incense burner from the three-tiered, high cover. The surface of the burner is carved with relief floral designs, shou (character for longevity), and a bat, representing good fortune and happiness. The two lower sections of the cover are embellished with similar floral patterns and a serpentine dragon forms the finial while the perforated lid allows for the burning of rare incense. This vessel is recorded as having been in the imperial collection. It was purchased in China following the collapse of the Qing dynasty in 1912.

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Incense Burner in the Form of a Ding Vessel
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Artist
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36.7.1a,b
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Censer, covered, of green jade in the form of a pagoda. The cover is in 3 sections carved with Buddhist symbol ; the finial a dragon surmonted by the praying mantis guarding the pearl of omnipotence. Body carved with all over foliate pattern, the rim with running Chinese fret. superb quality jade with begonia leaf marking. Brilliant emerald green in color.