Ritual Censer

Date: 15th–16th century

Culture: Tibet

Medium: Iron inlaid with gold

Dimensions: H. (incl. cover): 6 11/16 in. (17 cm)

Classification: Metalwork

Credit Line: Gift of Jeffrey Kossak, The Kronos Collections, 1987

Accession Number: 1987.416.2


Tibetan metalsmiths were especially renowned for working in iron, typically with intricate openwork designs heightened with inlaid precious metals. Here gold was applied to the foliate lotus design with intertwined dragons and damascened to create the key and lozenge bands on the rims.