Goose-Shaped Incense Censer (Translation)
雁形銅香爐 江户時代 (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

18th century
Overall: 10 1/2 × 9 × 3 3/4 in. (26.67 × 22.86 × 9.53 cm)
This bronze goose standing on a base, delicate yet stable, is not only a sculpture but also a censer, composed of two parts with a punctured lid. Introduced from China along with tea, incense made of sandalwood, cinnamon, clove, and other aromatic woods were first used at religious and funeral ceremonies and later, like the incense used in this censer, used mostly in domestic settings.
Edo period (1615-1868)
Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Fund
Image released via Creative Commons CC-BY-NC

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