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Ritual Censer

Date:
15th–16th century
Culture:
Tibet
Medium:
Iron inlaid with gold
Dimensions:
H. (incl. cover): 6 11/16 in. (17 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
Gift of Jeffrey Kossak, The Kronos Collections, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.416.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 253
Tibetan metalsmiths were especially renowned for working in iron, typically with intricate openwork designs heightened with inlaid precious metals. Here gold was applied to the foliate lotus design with intertwined dragons and damascened to create the key and lozenge bands on the rims.
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