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Tripod Censer

Catalogue Description:
Hsiang-lu (Ding) Large Tripod Censer. Octagonal shape; with archaic scepter-shaped handles, showing fungi-formed "ju-i" head panels, on which appear "shou" marks (signifying longevity), encircled by five small bats or "wu-fu" (the superlative of as many blessings); executed alternately in champleve enamel and gilt bronze. The bulbous body stands on three legs, whose upper ends are crowned by similar panels, and is decorated in bright enamels on turquoise-blue ground, with conventional arabesques and lotuses. These are divided into panels by deep lapis-blue bordering in archaic angular design. The enamel cover, with circular "shou" emblems in gilt bronze open-work, is surmounted by a gilt bronze finial with champleve enamel arabesques.


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