About this object

A lidded cast brass incense burner on three tall straight legs. The bowl has two lug handles and both the bowl and legs are decorated with vines and several small mongoose. The lid is plainer with three open work scroll motifs, but seated on top of the lid is a large griffin-type creature looking skywards.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion; Household Objects
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Eastern Asia: China
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    1900 - 1921
  • Measurements
    300 mm x 185 mm x 185 mm; 11 13/16 in x 7 5/16 in x 7 5/16 in
  • Note
    List of Curios No 275: Brass incense pot of Chinese manufacture with three straight legs and two handles. Height of legs 5". Curator's note: Bell gives no details on provenance for this piece. In style, it is very similar to a pair of vases that Bell obtained from a Tibetan house in Lhasa. These kinds of brass and bell metal items were popular with the Tibetan aristocracy. Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    Charles Alfred Bell ( Collector)

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  • List of Curios

    Bell, Charles Alfred

    Author: Bell, Charles Alfred
    Description: A typed object catalogue from Bell's handwritten notes on a wide variety of objects from his personal collection. This information often contains, the date he obtained an object, its provenance (including where and who he acquired from) and the person responsible for giving him the information. The process of writing the inventory began in December 1912 and continued until the late 1930s.

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