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Three-color glazed pottery censer with the pattern of lotus seedpod and lion
The late Yuan Dynasty and the early Ming Dynasty
55 cm in height; 24 cm in caliber
Excavated in Lishi District, Lvliang City, Shanxi Province in 1982
The censer is an incense burner placed in front of the Buddha statue in the temple for the worship of the gods, and is an accessory part of the building. This censer is kneaded with red clay. With three feet and two ears, it is glazed in yellow, green and white, and has quietly elegant colors and a simple style. Its feet are thick and strong, and on the upper end of each foot is an animal face; the abdomen is carved with the dragon design; under the ears are peony flowers in full blossom; the decorative pattern of branches around the neck is delicate. The censer cover is like a lotus seedpod and a lion on the platform of the lotus petal is erect, opening its mouth and sticking out its tongue. On the inner edge of the censer mouth is engraved with the inscription that states when it was made by whom. The two ears are engraved with the characters "呼延". It is a good item of colored glazed artwork made at the turn of the Yuan and Ming dynasties.