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Forbidden City

The object above is solid gold. It is a portable censor for burning incense made during the Tongzhi period (1862-1874) of the Qing Dynasty. It is covered with engravings of dragons playing in the clouds. It was made to be swung or hung from chains connected to the top plate on the right.

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Last update: January 2010
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