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Incense Holder in the Form of a Buddhist Lion

Artist/maker unknown, Chinese
This small Buddhist lion demonstrates the continued popularity of this auspicious guardian animal in the Qing dynasty. Colorfully enameled and richly decorated with stylized patterns, this lion carries on its back a gourd-shaped bottle connected to its hollow body. Incense sticks would be inserted into the bottle and, once lighted, smoke would come out through the lion’s mouth to create a meditative atmosphere.

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