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Antique 18th/19th C. Chinese Terracotta Incense Burner, Bodhidharma On A Foo Dog


£750 | $999 USD | €850 EUR
Item Number: SA644036
Date of manufacture: 19th Century
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Original Retro
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Antique 18th/19th c. Chinese Terracotta Incense Burner, Bodhidharma on a Foo Dog.
This is a very unusual Chinese incense burner from the 19th century most probably from the Yixing kiln imitating bronze.
The incense burner is made of blackened terracotta which gives it the appearance of bronze, it depicts a thin bone Arhat Damo Bodhidharma or also known as Daruma sitting on a Foo dog.
The figure of Bodhidharma/Daruma functioned as the lid of the incense burner, and the smoke of the incense will appear from a vase on Bodhidharma's/Daruma's lap and out of the nostrils and mouth of the Foo dog.
Bodhidharma/Daruma was a Buddhist monk who lived during the 5th or 6th century.
He is traditionally credited as the transmitter of Chan Buddhism to China, and regarded as its first Chinese patriarch.
According to Chinese legend, he also began the physical training of the monks of the Shaolin Monastery which led to the creation of Shaolin kungfu.
The incense burner is marked underneath the Foo dog with an mark of three characters.
A very old small restoration at the back, on the bottom of Bodhdharma's/Daruma's robe (see last photo's) these were basically two small chips.
The wear on Bodhidharma's/Daruma's forehead is of handling the lid for many many times.
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This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 19th Century.


Height = 23.5 cm (9.3")
Width = 23 cm (9.1")
Depth = 10 cm (3.9")

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