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Incense Implements

A SMALL BRONZE ‘DING’ CENSER WITH GOLD AND SILVER INLAY

QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY

HEIGHT: 9.5CM

WEIGHT: 265G

The censer is cast in imitation of an archaic ding vessel, with a U-shaped body supported on three tubular legs and the rim set with a pair of upright loop handles. The exterior is decorated in gold and silver inlays with a pair of taotie masks, between keyfret borders above and stylised cicada lappets on the feet below.

Small censers known as qinlu 琴爐 were particularly prized for their compact size as they can be easily carried to any occasion of music appreciation. They were specifically used to burn single sticks of incense. The emerging graceful wisp of smoke and its subtle fragrance were thought to enhance elegance at the music table and promote a state of spiritual transcendence.

清中期 銅錯金銀獸面紋三足鼎式琴爐