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Censer, or Altar Pedestal Vase

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:2006.0403.33
Collection:Applied Art - Asian
Date:1821 - 1850


Censers were used for burning incense during rituals. Ash was added to the bowl, then incense burners were stuck into the ash. This released a pleasant fragrance.
The two handles of this censer look like a dragon, the most supreme mythological beast in Chinese culture. The dragon has nine sons. In China it is said that one son always stays on ceramic objects as a handle.

Franklin Bequest, 2006.

Further Information

Production Period:Qing Dynasty (Daoguang reign)
Place of Origin:China


Height:130 mm
Width:240 mm