Porcelain incense burner with cylindrical body and three feet. The incense burner has cream glaze. There are Eight Trigrams around the upper half of the exterior, with archaistic dragons on a background of spirals on the lower half.
- Made in: China (South)
- Height: 63 millimetres
- Diameter: 124 millimetres
Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:
Incense burner with the Eight Trigrams
This incense burner has a cylindrical body and stands on three feet. It is decorated with the Eight Trigrams around the upper half of the body, with archaistic dragons on a background of spirals below. The Eight Trigrams are arguably the most familiar symbols associated with Daoism. Trigrams, which are made up of combinations of three broken and unbroken parallel lines are the basis for the sixty-four hexagrams of the 易經 (Yijing ‘Book of Changes’). The Eight Trigrams can be doubled up to create sixty-four hexagrams which are interpreted to make sense of the world, its history and its future. Unbroken lines are considered to represent the masculine element yang and broken lines represent the female yin element.
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 1662–1722
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Object reference number: RRC38531
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