A Parcel-Gilt Archaistic Ding Tripod Censer
The censer is of stylised archaic bronze ding form cast with taotie masks in relief between four decorative flanges on top of a dense cash pattern. The vessel is surmounted by a pair of U-shaped loop handles and supported on three long splayed dragon-shaped legs. A thick layer of gilding highlights the raised decoration whilst the rest of the bronze vessel is patinated to a deep russet colour.
A related example decorated in silver and gold inlay of similar shape and dating is illustrated in the National Palace Museum’s publication Through the Prism of the Past: Antiquarian Trends in Chinese Art of the 16th to 18th Century 古色：十六至十八世紀的仿古風, 2004, p. 136, Catalogue No. III-01.
Maria Kiang Chinese Art
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