Bronze Incense Burner of a Boy Riding an Ox 19th c.
This small objet d'art was used as a incense burner. The horns of the ox are curved, the eyes are sharp, the tail is long, and the boy sitting on the ox's back is playing a flute. It is lively and interesting.
The image of "a boy ridding cattle" symbolizes the arrival of spring and abundance. It is distilled from the so-called "Spring Cattle Diagram" in the almanac and calendar. The details of the diagram are different for each year and are hints for predicting the weather, rainfall, five elements, farming harvest data, and the like.