London, South Kensington
9 November 2016
A GILT BRONZE ALTAR PRICKET CANDLESTICK
YONGLE PERIOD (1402-1424)
The oval stand is decorated with a pair of birds to either side of an incised lotus pond decoration. The aperture is modelled as an open lotus flower on a leafy stalk with further openwork lotus buds.
5 in. (12.5 cm.) high
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Knapton Rasti Asian Works of Art, November 2007, no. 54.
A stylistically similar altar fixture of a goat can be see in Yixi et al. ed, The Sublime Grandeur of Yongle Imperial Bronzes, Hong Kong, 2006, pp. 72-79.
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