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incense burner

Antique Bronze Censer.  Incense Burner.  Phoenix.  China.

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    Older censer with wear.  The deep reliefs of phoenixes plus the elephant heads (as handles) makes this a very special piece.   The unique handle on the lid allows the incense to be distributed in a variety of ways.   Acquired from an estate sale in Midwest… Continue reading

Antique Jadestone and Bronze Tripod Censer.  Incense Burner.  Dushan.  Nanyang, Henan Province, China

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    According to Chinese tradition, green jade represents the five human virtues of courage, modesty, justice, compassion, wisdom  . . . with strong spiritual vibes connected to the heart chakra.   And mix that with some handcrafted bronze work and you have an outstanding piece of art from… Continue reading

Old and Rare Bronze Tripod Censer.  Buddhist Incense Burner. Early 1800’s. Temple.  Tibet.

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    Bowl formed into censer with reinforced mouth rim, lion head handles and feet. Used specifically in temples where there are high standards of quality.   Xuande mark?  Not sure as this mark originally came out of the Xuande period (1400s).  The mark was used often after… Continue reading

Older Hand Carved Dragon Head Censer.  Incense Burner.  Stone.  Haicheng. China.

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  Detailed footed stone censer in good condition. Some light design engraving/etching near the dragon handles   A small chip around rim on lid, otherwise is excellent condition.   Hand carved in a village near Haicheng (Liaoning Province) in the early- to mid- 1900s, this piece ended up in a… Continue reading

Magnificent and Large Antique Champlevé Enameled Bronze Censer / Incense Burner Vessel / Container.  China

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    Magnificent is a bit of an understatement for this stately vessel.  Acquired from a Chinese family estate in Connecticut, this piece dates to the mid-1880s.   The design of dragon handles and the foo / fu dog on top is stunning and quite rare.  Vented lid.… Continue reading

Gorgeous Bronze Censer / Incense Burner / Koro, Japanese Influence

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  With a sculptured Buddhist elephant on the lid to the intricate details of the elephant handles and legs, this is one gorgeous piece of bronze casting using the lost wax process. It is a recent piece, most likely cast in Spain.  Signed Milo

Bronze Stylized Horse or Dog Incense Burner / Censer with Champlevé Enamel, China

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Champlevé is a technique where enamel paint is applied to a concave (lower) or convex (higher) area of the item.  I have seen a few of these in Christie’s auctions and also in Orientations Magazine.  Most are incense burners or censers and in the form of an animal… Continue reading

Antique Bronze Tripod Censer / Incense Burner, China

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Detail:  Incised phoenix around the body of the censer with flowers, ocean waves and mountain peaks.  Lotus blossoms cover the rim around the top.  Character markings on bottom.  Circa late-1800’s  to mid-1900’s.  Good condition.

Antique Tibetan Bronze Mahakala Incense Burner / Censer. Mask. Tibet

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  Mahakala is one of the most popular guardians in the Tibetan Buddhist pantheon.  He is the raging form of the gentle Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva, the deity for infinite compassion.   This incense burner sits on 3 legs with intricate scrollwork and stone settings on the crown, eyes and… Continue reading

Silver / Nickel Composite Ornate Censer / Incense Burner, China

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Detail:  This is such a detailed piece of art.  Multiple dimensions as the dragons, phoenix and kylin (on top), jump off the esotericstuff.com part of the censer.  Ornate for sure.  Composite nickel and silver for stability and hardness.  Circa mid-1900’s.  In very good condition.
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