Incense Burner in the Shape of a Rooster
Edo period (1615–1868)
Copper alloy with enamels, gilding, and silvering
H. 8 3/8 in. (21.3 cm)
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 1993
Not on view
This incense burner in the shape of a rooster represents a high point of Edo enameling only rarely found on objects of this size. Except for the head and feet, the rooster's form was not molded but hammered from a sheet of copper alloy. The surface is embellished by intricate chasing on gilded and silvered copper. Theenameling is a result of the champlevé technique, in which silica paste colored by various metallic oxides is set in grooves that are hammered or chiseled out of the metal base, rather than being held by wire soldered onto the base, as in cloisonné.