ITEM: Hanging Censer Figural Incense Burner Meiji period circa 1850-1900
COMPOSITION: Sterling Silver & Bronze
CONDITION: Estate Item, very good
WEIGHT: 25.58 oz
MEASUREMENT: 16" X 15" X 5-1/2"
MARKS: Hallmark (see photo)
COMMENTS: Meiji period hanging censer crafted in sterling silver and bronze. Figural depicting a bird, Crane or Heron, and was most likely used for religious ceremonies. It has a wing span of 16". The legs and tail feathers can be removed. There is a feathered lid on the back that is vented and smoke can also escape through the beak and a small hole in the head. It is pictured with undisturbed natural aged patina. Very good estate condition with wear indicative of age, most notable at the wing tips. This is a beautiful work of art that would add grace and beauty to any home.
Early Christians, believing that herons shed tears of blood under stress, made this bird an emblem of Christ's agony in the garden and the sweat of blood He endured there (Lk 22:44). Like many wading birds which eat snakes, frogs, and other symbols of the evil one, herons are images of the eternal struggle of good against evil and of Christ's battle against the Devil.
Crane is the most favored all Chinese bird symbols. The Crane is the ancient symbol for longevity because of its exceptionally long life span. In many legends, the spirits ride on cranes, which are also said to bear the souls of the departed to the heavens.
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Figural Censer Incense Burner Sterling Silver & Bronze
$2,625 $3,500 SALE