The five-toe dragon, symbol of the imperial family, indicates the censer was created only for the imperial familys use. If anyone presumed to decorate clothing or household items with a five-toe dragon, the risk was imperial punishment.The five Chinese deities, each about 8 inches tall, are associated with the techniques to serve a heavenly god. The figure atop the lid wears a hat with a feather. The other four deities are bare-headed and stand on the base of the piece. Each wears a different-patterned robe; each holds something symbolic. Four of these hand-held items are missing; the fifth holds a cymbal in each hand. Engraved, high-relief dragons, scrolls, clouds, and patterns surround the censor. The top part of the lid has cut metal. 5 Figures: Each between 7.25 - 8. Please send us a message, and we will promptly reply. The item "ANTIQUE BRONZE CHINESE 5-DEITY IMPERIAL INCENSE BURNER CENSER with LID. 34H" is in sale since Monday, December 30, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Incense Burners". The seller is "supermall" and is located in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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