Acquired in December 1989.
Compare the example from the Staatliche Museen Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, illustrated in Ausgewählte Werke Ostasiatischer Kunst, Berlin, 1970, no. 74.
These long-handled censers were common in China during the Tang period. Their symbolic and ritual importance is reflected on banner paintings
from Dunhuang, where portraits of priests and Bodhisattvas are depicted holding censers of this type in their hands.