An unusual bronze ‘duck’ censer and cover

Zhengde incised mark and of the period, 1506-1521, China

Height: 37.4 cm, 14.7 inches

Well cast as a duck standing on a waisted rectangular base decorated with wave patterns, with the head raised and beak open, with wings forming the detachable cover, finely detailed with naturalistically modelled tail feathers, webbed feet, and incised all over with feather markings, the base of the tail pierced for the release of smoke, the reign mark incised in a line along the time of the opening on the back.

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