An 18th or 19th century Chinese bronze censer
A most attractive Chinese bronze censer fashioned in the form of a single-horned four-legged standing fabulous beast, thought to be a luduan, the Chinese version of the unicorn, a most auspicious beast which s believed to be able to distinguish between good and evil. In the Chinese pantheon it is thought that the luduan can detect truth. There is a single, curved horn to the back of the head, and, to the sides, over the legs, wing-like ornaments. The countenance is somewhat fierce and the nostrils are dilated.
The top is detachable and bears evidence of the historic use of this piece as an incense burner. Probably 18th or maybe 19th century.