Chinese "Wu Nanshi" Zisha / Yixing Clay Foo Lion Censer For Sale
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Chinese "Wu Nanshi" Zisha / Yixing Clay Foo Lion Censer


An unusual and whimsical censer modeled as a charming foo lion. The figure is well formed, with fine attention to detail. He sports a single small horn on the top of his head, framed by floppy ears. His bulging eyes, separately molded, and loose in the sockets, sit above a ruyi shaped nose and a large mouth set in a wide, goofy grin with streaming banner clenched between his teeth. His forepaw resting on a crystal ball (symbolizing his dominion over the world). His detachable, oversized tail carved out of rosewood. Signed "Wu Nanshi". The Wu Nanshi mark is found on a relatively small number of yixing wares, mostly hailing from the late Ming to early Qing Dynasties, and almost exclusively on temple pieces from Fujian Province. Zisha (lit. purple clay), is a type of yixing clay produced around the city of Yixing in Jiangsu Province, China. Mounted on a composite lacquered base.


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  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    The head restored; the tail possibly a replacement; minor nicks to the extremities; the base a later addition
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses.
  • Dimensions

    H 15 in. x W 14 in. x D 9 in.

    H 38.1 cm x W 35.56 cm x D 22.86 cm

  • Seller location
    Austin, TX
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