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Early 19th c. or earlier Chinese Bronze Censer Peach, long Life, original patina

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Early19th Century or earlier Chinese Bronze Censer in the form of a Peach.
Peaches are said to have originated in China and in that part of the world, 
are claimed to ward off evil spirits and are symbols of longevity.
This fine antique Censer is in the form of a peach with leaves, and a stem.
there is original red paint decorated spots overall on the bronze patina.
In China censers were made for several distinct uses that signified social status
from the incense baskets used to perfume bedclothes or garments to the 
small hand censers used as hand-warming devices in winter.

Approx. Dimensions:
Height:  3 3/8" 
Width:  5"
Depth:  3 1/8"
Approx. Weight:
429 grams                      Id. 60             Loc. F

this censer is in fine age related condition with lovely original patina 
with some residue inside from use.  (PLEASE SEE ALL PHOTOS)

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