A bronze qilin censer
Ming dynasty, 17th century, China
明 17世紀 中國
Height: 25 cm, 9.8 inches
The censer is cast in the form of a rearing lion, one front paw places on an openwork ball and the other raised in the air, the head held up with open mouth and attached to the body by a hinge at the front for the placement of incense inside. The body is of lithe form, with a deep rich patina.