incense burner

Copper alloy incense burner in the form of a mythical beast, suanni, the eighth son of dragon, which looks like a lion and like smoke. It is depicted with two horns, mane, red stone eyes inset, an open mouth and a lotus bud knob on top of its head, which is turned to one side. The suanni also has curled hair covering the body, winged legs and fork-like upturned tail. It is hollow and has two openings, one at its belly and the other at mouth. It is one of a matching pair.

Collection Information

These objects are only a part of our collections, of which there are more than 350,000 objects. This information comes from our collections database. Some of this is incomplete and there may be errors. This part of the website is also still under construction, so there may be some fields repeated or incorrectly formatted information.

The database sometimes uses language taken from historical documents to help research, which may now appear outdated and even offensive. The database also includes information on objects that are considered secret or sacred by some communities.

If you have any further information about objects in our collections or can suggest corrections to our information, please contact us: enquiry@horniman.ac.uk