Bronze Incense Burner in the Form of an Elephant

Bronze incense burner

Height: 6 1/2 inches, 16.5 cm

Length: 6 1/2 inches, 16.5 cm

A bronze incense burner in the form of an elephant, standing foursquare with its head turned back and its trunk between the tusks. The seperately cast, open work cover is decorated with bunched lotus flowers. The elephant wears a howdah engraved with lotus flowers and is richly attired with caparisons of ‘jewelled’ straps and tassells. the rim of the cover is engraved witha six-character mark of Xuande (Da Ming Xuande Nian Zi). The elephant’s fitting were originally inlaid in semi-precious stones.