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incense-burner

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  • Description

    Jun stoneware incense burner with globular body, wide neck with two handles, flattened mouthrim, and three cabriole legs. The incense burner has opalescent blue glaze with splashes of purple and dark red in-glaze copper pigment.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1115-1234
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 107 millimetres
    • Diameter: 116 millimetres
    • Width: 107 millimetres
    • Diameter: 97 millimetres (mouth)
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Jin or Yuan dynasty 13thCRoom 95 label text:

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    Incense burner with wood stand and cover


    Craftsmen decorated this tripod incense burner with purple splashes in a lavender blue glaze. The form is based on metalwork prototypes. Modern studio potters, living almost a thousand years later, such as the British artist Bernard Leach (AD 1887–1979), were inspired by the opalescent Jun stoneware glazes to create their own beautiful versions. The wood stand and cover with jade knob were probably added in the reign of the Qing emperor Yongzheng (AD 1723–35) who was passionate about collecting Jun stonewares.


    Stoneware with opalescent blue and purple glazes
    Jun ware鈞窯
    Yuxian, Henan province 河南省, 禹縣
    Jin dynasty, AD 1115–1234

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  • Bibliography

    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.15, no.50, pl.VI bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.36, no.50 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case52-3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

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Jun stoneware incense burner with globular body, wide neck with two handles, flattened mouthrim, and three cabriole legs. The incense burner has opalescent blue glaze with splashes of purple and dark red in-glaze copper pigment.

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