Incense Burner with Cover and Stand


The Khalili Collections

The Khalili Collections

Based on an archaic bronze form ding, this incense burner has been modified by the introduction of elephant-head feet and handles. Such embellishment became fashionable during the 17th century, providing a visual conceit where the actual supporting function is allied to the creature's abstract attributes of strength and power. The reclining elephant on the cover bear a vase (ping), on e of the eight Buddhist symbols, representing eternal harmony and the ultimate triumph over birth and death. The cloisonné enamel decoration depicts the lotus, another of the eight Buddhist symbols.


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