Incense burner in the shape of a rooster


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 220

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.

Incense burner in the shape of a rooster, Cloisonné enamel, China

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