The five-toed dragon, symbol of the imperial family, indicates the censor was created only for the imperial familys use. If anyone presumed to decorate clothing or household items with a five-toed dragon, the risk was imperial punishment. The five Chinese deities, each about 8 inches tall, are associated with forms of serving 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 decorate 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 RARE CHINESE 5-DEITY IMPERIAL INCENSE BURNER withLid. 1600s" is in sale since Wednesday, February 21, 2018.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Incense Burners". The seller is "supermall" and is located in Cincinnati, Ohio.This item can be shipped worldwide.