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A Pair of Green Jade Incense Burners with Gilt Pagoda Finials

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Period: Qing dynasty (1644-1911)
Medium: green jade, gilt copper
Dimensions: height: 76.4 cm, diameters: 12.8 × 12.9cm

The incense burner consists of three parts: the gilt copper pavilion on top, the green jade tube carved with dragon-among-cloud motif in the middle, and gilt copper sumeru stand. Like the luduan unicorn(some luduan are portrayed with a pair of horns), incense burners are usually placed in pairs on either side in front of the imperial throne. When the emperor was seated on the elevated throne holding court audience, rosewood was burned in the jade tubes. The fragrant smoke wafted through the carved holes of the tubes and pervaded the air, creating a sacred atmosphere in the throne hall. Courtiers standing below inhaled the aroma as if they were bathing in immense imperial grace. In Qing dynasty historical documents, such incense burners are referred to as "incense burners sending imperial grace" (chui'en xiangtong)

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