A Chinese Bronze Dragon Tripod Censer.
Chiseled metal ,Bronze or possibly brass with a wraparound scene of a four-clawed dragon chasing a flaming pearl. Underneath is a layer of waves. Lipped rim is in a form of a bamboo branch. A four character Xuande mark (1426-1435) inscribed under but not of the period.
Late 19th to 20th Century
Chinese dragons are legendary creatures in Chinese mythology and folklore. In Chinese art, dragons are typically portrayed as long, scaled, serpentine creatures with four legs. In yin and yang terminology, a dragon is yang and complements a yin fenghuang (Chinese phoenix). It traditionally symbolises potent and auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, hurricanes, and floods. The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and good luck for people who are worthy of it. With this, the Emperor of China usually used the dragon as a symbol of his imperial power and strength.
There is a slight gap at base (see photos)
otherwise in very good antique condition
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