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Incense burner shaped like a radish topped by a mouse

Incense burner shaped like a radish topped by a mouse

Second half of the 19th century
Bronze
H : 14 cm L : 17 cm
M.C. 843

The rat, or mouse, is one of the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac. It is a sign of abundance, and therefore a positive sign. Several very similarly shaped incense burners, with a mouse perched on a long radish (daikon), are kept in Western collections.

Collection : Japanese decorative arts
Marques Inscriptions Poinçons : Seal : "Shōkaken 笑花軒"
Mode d'acquisition : Bequest of Henri Cernuschi, 1896.
Référence(s)

MAUCUER, Michel ; Musée Cernuschi. Henri Cernuschi 1821 – 1896, voyageur et collectionneur. Paris : Paris musées, 1998. n° 70, p.92, ill. p.93.
Musée Cernuschi. Art animalier au temps des derniers Shogun (XVIIIe - XIXe siècles) : animaux d'Edo - Fonds Cernuschi 1871 – 1872. Paris, 1986  [catalogue d’exposition illustré en noir]. n° 140, p. 92, ill. p.93

Incense burner shaped like a radish topped by a mouse
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