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A RARE GILT-BRONZE TRIPOD OFFERING STAND
EARLY MING DYNASTY 
the circular ring platform supported on three slender legs finely cast as stylised makara with their sinuous bodies detailed with elaborate foliate scrolls extending to the tails, the platform decorated with a border of lappets around the rim
13.5 cm, 5 1/4  in.
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Catalogue Note

The present piece belongs to a rare group of stands produced during the early Ming period, likely used to support various Buddhist ritual implements on an altar. With its legs cast as the mythological sea creature, makara, this stand was probably part of a chug tor-chos (water offering set), where a small flat bowl would rest upon the central platform, employed to propitiate the nagas, who are divine serpents believed to dwell in any body of water, as well as various classes of deities.

Compare a Yongle mark and period stand of this type, but without the central platform, sold at Christie’s Hong Kong, 31st May 2017, lot 2806; another decorated with larger beads on the exterior of the ring, included in the exhibition Chinese and Japanese Bronzes, A.D. 1100-1900, Michael Goedhuis, 1989, cat. no. 14, and sold at Christie’s New York, 28th March 1996, lot 148; and a cloisonné enamel example, attributed to the 15th century, sold in these rooms, 7th June 1988, lot 40.

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