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Japanese Bronze Incense Burner with Kirin Handle and Baku Legs
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This is a wonderful Japanese Bronze open censer or incense burner that dates to the Meiji period. The form of this bronze seems to be in the style a Libation Cup. This piece has a single handle with a head of a Kirin - a Japanese Unicorn type of creature - crowning it. The 3 feet are in the form of the Baku - similar to the elephant, having a trunk - which is the Japanese creature believed to eat bad dreams. This piece has one of the nicest, richest brown patinas that I've seen on a bronze for a long time. The incense burner measures 7 3/8 inches long by 4 3/8 inches at the widest point by 4 1/2 inches high at the top of the Kirin's horn. The piece is in very good condition with no repairs. The base of the handle is not attached, but I can't tell if that is by design or not ...... $825.00