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Incense burner in a form of Qilin
MT-DW-25-1
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The round and flat body of Qilin is settled on four cylinder legs with a lions paws. His head is decorated with a divided horn, and his open jaw with teeth and fangs contain a waving tongue. From the back there is a divider to the right and left -- a tail. The entire figure is covered with the turquoise clossone enamel with added gold and red colors. The object presents very good quality and condition.

History of the Object
Cloisonne enamel techniques were probably brought from Persia into China’s Yunnan Province during Yuan Dynasty. It was especially popular during Jingtai Emperor (1450 – 1456) from the Ming Dynasty, and then during Qing Dynasty and Qianlong Emperor. Cloisonné enamel decoration consists of coloured glass paste applied to metal vessels and contained within enclosures made of copper.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Enamel, brass 
Measurements
28 x 12,5 x 13,5 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
18th Century; Qing Dynasty; Qianlong reign; 1736 - 1795 
Function
Decorative/Religious 
Acquisition
This object derives from a large collection of the famous Polish collector, Tadeusz Wierzejski (1892 – 1974) who handed down this object to the museum in 1966. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
District Museum, Torun 
Museum
Virtual Museum of the Chinese masterpieces 
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