Old Japanese Bronze Reticulated Censer / Candle Lamp With Dragons and Clouds, Lantern
Unusual ovoid shaped Japanese Bronze Censer or Incense Burner. The relief decoration on the body consists of many swirling clouds, a ferocious dragon chasing the eternal flaming pearl, as well as other mythical beasts. The underside of the lid is also beautifully decorated the multiple swirling clouds.
This is a three part censer, top and body - the base is removable as well. This could be used indoors as well as outside as an ornamental piece. The lid has two small pins which keep it in place. When lit, it looks quite gorgeous - see photographs.
Made mid 20th Century and it has been used as was intended. A lovely and versatile lamp.
Dimensions: Dia 10", H15"
*Height is with 'top handle' down
Dragons are often shown chasing a pearl from the legend that the phases of the moon are due to a dragon eating it. The pearl represents wisdom and so does the dragon seeking it.
As the pearl lies hidden inside an unprepossessing dark shell, it symbolizes hidden beauty or talent. It is one of the eight jewels of Buddhism, in this form it may be surrounded with flames to denote its magical capabilities.