7 December 2005
A Chinese black and gilt lacquered dragon fire clock
Realistically carved dragon head with gaping mouth, hollowed back lined with a lead tray with incense wires, the carved gilt feet resting on later wood blocks
28in. (71cm.) high
Bought from a dealer in 1987
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The dragon serves as the receptical for an incense stick which is laid flat in the boat across the U-shaped wires. Metal weights are suspended from thread at given intervals either side of the dragon. The incense stick is lit and over a period of time the heat will burn through the threads holding the lead balls causing them to fall - usually on to a hard receptical below - making sufficient noise from which to note the time or be woken up.
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