Posted 6 years ago
I bought this at an estate sale. It's made in Japan. Beautiful 3 footed censor/incense burner. Has the family crest of the Shimazu family, a powerful warrior clan that controlled Satsuma province from the 12th to the 19th century. This piece has painted gold foo dog handles. The primary color of this censor is a cobalt blue with painted gold detailing around the rim and handles, also on the lid. There is hand painted human warrior characters around the center of this piece. I have no idea who made this specific censor. It is signed on the bottom with Made in Japan and also has 2 other signatures on it one in red and one in silver. The censor measures 9 1/2 inches tall with the lid on and 9 1/4 inches wide from foo dog handle to foo dog handle. The lid measures 3 1/2 inches tall by 4 inches in length. I think it is a beautiful piece to display in my china cabinet!! If anyone knows who these signatures are please let me know. Thanks for looking at my show and tell!!