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  • Object type

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  • Description

    Longquan stoneware incense burner of archaic bronze lian form, with straight sides, three cloud-shaped feet and a circular foot ring. The incense burner has pale greyish green glaze. There are three bands of triple lines in low relief around the body.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 12thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 97 millimetres
    • Diameter: 145 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Southern Song 12thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 215

    Incense burner

    This incense burner stands on three feet. Around the outside are raised ribs of clay all covered with a beautiful celadon glaze.

    Stoneware, porcelain-type, with celadon glaze
    Longquan ware龍泉窯
    Longquan region, Zhejiang province 浙江省, 龍泉地區
    Southern Song dynasty, AD 1127–1279


  • Bibliography

    • Hobson, Rackham & King 1931 p. 184, Fig. 335 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1977 p.16, no.31 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1997 p.23, no.215 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc3/sh1

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

    Treatment date

    8 April 2009

    Reason for treatment

    Permanent Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Remove discoloured overpaint, reassess, clean and gap fill. Assess running crack.


    A large patch of yellowed overpaint when removed revealed a large chip on the rim. The running crack although stable was dirty.

    Treatment details

    Cleaned off discoloured overpaint with Acetone, using cotton wool swabs on a satay stick. After cleaning surface wiped with Kleenex tissue to remove the remaining solvent.

    Old plaster fill was softened with acetone and removed with a scalpel. Missing area was filled with Fynebond, microballoons and pigments. Core fill was created first. Cut back with a scalpel blade and sanded smooth with various grades of abrasive paper.

    Dirty crack was assessed as stable and then steam cleaned using distilled water; run off dirt and water absorbed into soft tissue paper.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Hobson, Rackham and King 1931 record in the Charles Russell Collection.

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