London, South Kensington
9 November 2000
A Hu Wenming gilt bronze censer
with flaring foot and dragon head and loop handles, relief decorated with bands of mythical beasts among foaming waves and Buddhistic emblems -- 6¾in. (17cm.) diam, pierced wood cover with linghi spray celadon jade finial, carved wood stand, incised mark to base.
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