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Longquan stoneware incense burner of archaic bronze gui form, with sloping sides and two large handles of stylised dragon form on either side. The incense burner has pale greyish green glaze. There are a pair of ribs in low relief around the body.
- Made in: Longquan (area)
- (Asia,China,Zhejiang (province),Longquan Area)
- Height: 97 millimetres
- Diameter: 185 millimetres
Published PDF date : Southern Song 12th-13thCRoom 95 label text:
Incense burner with handles
In the Song dynasty, educated men revived interest in antiques and in collecting objects from the past. They published catalogues illustrating historical jades and bronzes. Contemporary Song craftsmen reproduced their shapes in other materials, responding to commissions from wealthy clients. The new users adapted the functions of these objects hence the present incense burner would have been used on an altar for burning incense rather than as a vessel connected with offering food to deceased ancestors.
Stoneware, porcelain-type, with celadon glaze
Longquan region, Zhejiang province 浙江省, 龍泉地區
Southern Song to Yuan dynasty, AD 1127–1279
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Object reference number: RRC38623
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