The shape of these incense burners shows the influence of Victorian silver designs, resembling large urns, or kettles that one might find in a Western interior. Each burner stands on five legs that grow out of the mouth of monsters. There are two dragons for handles, and another sitting on the lid. Incised both front and back with Japanese motifs, they are an example of Japanese interpretation of the confusion of Victorian designs that were introduced to Japan during the Meiji period.

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Dr. William H. Pugsley

Bronze inlaid with gold
53.3 x 20.3 x 19.2 cm
© The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

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