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  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 12thC-13thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 97 millimetres
    • Diameter: 185 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Southern Song 12th-13thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 205

    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 ware龍泉窯
    Longquan region, Zhejiang province 浙江省, 龍泉地區
    Southern Song to Yuan dynasty, AD 1127–1279PDF 205





  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 19 and p. 307 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 40, pl. XXXIX bibliographic details
    • Medley 1977 p.18, no.37 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1997 p.21, no.205 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989a p.45, no.20 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.47, no.26 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989b p.56, no.43 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc3/sh3

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