Long-handled Censer
On View In:
Gallery 220
Artist:   Japanese  
Title:   Long-handled Censer  
Date:   Edo  
Medium:   Silver with traces of gilding  
Dimensions:   5 5/16 x 13 3/16 x 3 11/16 in. (13.49 x 33.5 x 9.37 cm)  
Credit Line:   Gift of Ruth and Bruce Dayton  
Location:   Gallery 220  

The long-handled censor is an important symbol of authority, held by high-ranking priests as they lead other monks through the temple to the main worship hall. In Buddhist ritual, the burning of incense before a holy image is one of six devotions considered to be effective in accruing religious merit. The diffusion of fragrant smoke symbolizes the permeation of Buddhism throughout the universe.

Object Description  
Classification:   Metalwork  
Physical Description:   small receptacle with domed, openwork, hinged lid; foliate and geometric incised and hammered designs; long curved handle with small organic-shaped rest  
Creation Place:   Asia, Japan, , ,  
Accession #:   2000.92  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts