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清中期 掐絲琺瑯鷄形香薰
Incense Burner in the Shape of a Rooster

Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
18th century
Cloisonné enamel on copper
H. 7 5/8 in. (19.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Edward G. Kennedy, 1929
Accession Number:
Not on view
A symbol of diligence and fortune, the rooster is a particularly popular Chinese decorative motif. This incense burner has an ingenious design: the hollow body houses the burning incense and the detachable wings serve as the lid, with several small openings on the wings allowing the fragrant smoke to escape.
Edward Guthrie Kennedy , New York, 1929; donated to MMA
Richmond. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. "Masterpieces of Chinese Art," October 15, 1954–October 15, 1956.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The "Hundred Antiques"," February 18, 2006–October 31, 2006.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Extravagant Display: Chinese Art in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries," December 14, 2010–May 1, 2011.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Celebrating the Year of the Rooster," January 25, 2017–July 4, 2017.

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