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incense-burner

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.16

  • Description

    Guan-type stoneware incense burner of archaic bronze gui form with an everted mouthrim, simplified bronze-form handles, and a low, inverted foot. The incense burner has thick, bluish-grey glaze with a fine, dark-grey stained crackle. The incense burner has an inscription on the base, which is glazed, and six spur marks.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1368-1644
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 120 millimetres
    • Depth: 120 millimetres (mouth)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        魚耳邊傍穩鐡釘足底呈底淡然消火氣穆
        若葆神情窯則代傳宋匠斯名紀生設如
        分次第可識出難兄
        乾隆己酉御題
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Yuer bian bang wen tieding zu di cheng di danran xiaohuoqi mu ruo bao shenqing yao ze dai chuan Song jiang si ming ji sheng she ru fen cidi ke shichu nan xiong.
        Qianlong jiyou yuti.
      • Inscription Translation

        It has fish-shaped ears on either side, Iron coloured nails appear on its paler base. Its surface kiln gloss has now faded; yet it retains the fine qualities of Ge ware, and carries with it the spirit of the Song period whence it came. The present generation knows how to distinguish the work of two brothers. So this vessel may be recognised as the work of the Elder brother.
        Composed by the Qianlong Emperor in the cyclical year jiyou [AD 1789].
      • Inscription Comment

        This is found in: 集部/別集類/清代/御製詩集/五集卷四十八
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        古香
      • Inscription Transliteration

        gu xiang
      • Inscription Translation

        ancient fragrance
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Southern Song 13thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 16

    Incense burner with guan-type glaze and inscription


    This incense burner has an incised inscription on the base: 魚耳邊傍穩鐡 釘足 底呈底淡然消火氣穆若葆神情窯則 代傳宋匠斯名紀生設如分次第可識出難兄
    乾隆己酉御題Yuer bian bang wen tieding zu di cheng di danran xiaohuoqi mu ruo bao shenqing yao ze dai chuan Song jiang si ming ji sheng she ru fen cidi ke shichu nan xiong. Qianlong jiyou yuti. This has been translated as:It has fish-shaped ears on either side. Iron coloured nails appear on its paler base. Its surface kiln gloss has now faded. Yet it retains the fine qualities of ge ware and carries with it the spirit of the Song period whence it came. The present generation knows how to distinguish the work of two brothers. So this vessel may be recognised as the work of the Elder Brother. Composed by the Qianlong Emperor in the cyclical year jiyou [AD 1789]. The seal reads 古香 (guxiang 'ancient fragrance')


    Stoneware with guan-type crackled glaze
    Guan-type ware
    Probably Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西���, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, about AD 1368–1644

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 25 and p. 308 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 24, pl. XXIII bibliographic details
    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.13, no.4 (and base) bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.50, no.29 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989B p.55, no.16 bibliographic details
    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.6, no.16 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 pp 24-25, no.16 (colour, p.59) bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989A pp 42-43, no.18 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case8/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: 'From the Imperial Collection, Peking. Said to be an example of "mi-se" (millet-coloured) Ko ware.'

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.16

Guan-type stoneware incense burner of archaic bronze gui form with an everted mouthrim, simplified bronze-form handles, and a low, inverted foot. The incense burner has thick, bluish-grey glaze with a fine, dark-grey stained crackle. The incense burner has an inscription on the base, which is glazed, and six spur marks.

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