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incense-burner

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.168

  • Description

    Porcelain brush-washer in globular form with three low feet. The brush-washer has yellowish glaze. There are incised ruyi heads around the rim. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 17thC(late)-18thC
  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 42 millimetres
    • Diameter: 64 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On the base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大宋熙寧年造
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Song Xining nian zao
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Xining period of the Great Song dynasty [AD 1068–77].
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 168

    Incense burner with inscription modelled on a bronze vessel


    This three legged incense burner is modelled on a Chinese bronze vessel. Many incense burners of this form were made in white porcelain at the Dehua kilns in Fujian province but the body material is rather different and they are higher-fired. This porcelain vessel is slightly under-fired and has a creamy colour. It is inscribed on the base 大宋熙寧年製 (Da Song Xining nian zhi ‘Made in the Xining period of the Great Song dynasty [AD 1068–77]’). Emperor Shenzong (lived AD 1048–1085) was the sixth emperor of the Song dynasty. The periods within his reign are known as 熙寧Xining [AD 1068–77] and元豐Yuanfeng [AD 1078–1085]. He was thought to have been a gifted reformer of social policy within China.


    Underfired porcelain with incised and moulded decoration and a transparent glaze
    Zhangzhou ware 漳州窯
    Zhangzhou, Fujian province 福建省, 漳州
    Qing dynasty, AD 1662–1722PDF 168

    白釉仿青銅器形刻銘香爐


    此三足香爐模制,造型仿遠古青銅器。福建德化窯曾燒造為數眾多的此造型香爐,但此爐胎質與德化窯不盡相同,且德化窯燒成溫度更高。此器未完全燒成,呈色為米黃色。器底刻“大宋熙寧年制”六字款識。熙寧(1068-1077年)為北宋神宗(1048-1085年)在位時期的年號。熙寧(1068-1077年)和元豐(1078-1085年)是神宗使用過的年號,他被視為中國極具才華的社會改革家。


    生燒瓷器,劃花及模印花,透明釉
    漳州窯
    福建省漳州
    清代,1662-1722年

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 99, pl. XCVIII bibliographic details
    • Medley 1980 p.27, no.78, pl. X bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc11/sh4

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.168

Porcelain brush-washer in globular form with three low feet. The brush-washer has yellowish glaze. There are incised ruyi heads around the rim. There is an inscription on the base.

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