Urn, Brass; (Chinese) ; Unknown maker; 1800-1880; RI.W2014.3585


Urn, Brass; (Chinese)

About this object

This incense urn came from a Joss House at Canton, the name Europeans gave to the Chinese gold mining settlement at Round Hill in Western Southland. It was gifted to the House by two mining brothers, Chau Yem Lun and Chou Yem Paak in 1894. The two prominent 'Foo Lion' handles are Chinese guardian lions associated with powerful mythical protective benefits.

The House was erected as a Temple and Public Hall and built in traditional Chinese form with front and rear halls with an open courtyard between. Each hall had a brass urn for burning incense sticks, the smoke symbolising the soul link between the worshiper and Buddha.


Unknown maker

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Place Made

Asia, China

Medium and Materials

inorganic, processed materials, metals, metal alloys, copper alloys, brass.
inorganic, processed materials, metals, iron, cast iron.


h 240 mm x w 340 mm x d 180 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Religion and Belief

Object Type

ceremonial objects

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