19 March 2008
A BRONZE BOMBE CENSER
The body of compressed globular form rising to a rounded rim, the sides crisply cast with a pair of lion-mask handles, the base cast with a sixteen-character inscription incorporating an apocryphal Xuande date, reading Da Ming Xuande wunian Jiandu Gongbu guanchen Wu Bangzuo zao (Made by Wu Bangzuo, supervisor of the Ministry of Works, in the 5th year of Xuande of the Great Ming)
7½ in. (19.1 cm.) across handles
Japanese private collection.
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