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incense-burner

  • Object type

  • Museum number

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  • Description

    Guan stoneware incense burner of archaic bronze gui form with flattened mouthrim, two round handles with masks and a flaring foot. The incense burner has greenish-grey glaze with regular, brown-stained crackle. There are raised bosses under the mouthrim and on the foot, and raised 'Eight Trigrams' band around the body.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1280-1368
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 138 millimetres
    • Diameter: 276 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Southern Song or Yuan 13th-14th centuryRoom 95 label text:

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    Incense burner with Eight Trigrams


    Guan (official) stonewares are characterised by a thin dark clay body and a thick, glassy, celadon glaze with tiny bubbles and a wide crackle that can appear reddish brown when the body shows through. This incense burner is modelled on an ancient bronze food vessel called a gui. On each side is one of the 八卦 (ba gua ‘Eight Trigrams’) in relief. These 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 64 hexagrams of the 易經 (Yi Jing ‘Book of Changes’). These hexagrams are in turn interpreted to make sense of the world, its history and its future.


    Stoneware, moulded and with celadon glaze
    Guan ware 官窯
    Hangzhou, Zhejiang province 浙江省,杭州市
    Yuan dynasty, about AD 1279–1368PDF 15

    八卦紋香爐


    官窯器採用深色胎土,胎體較薄,青釉釉層豐厚且氣泡密集,釉面飾大開片,片紋較寬處可見赭褐色胎體。此爐源於遠古青銅器造型簋。器身每面皆凸印八卦紋。八卦或許是道教最為人熟知的符號。卦象以三條或連或斷的平行線組成,《易經》中的六十四卦象也是以此發展而來。卦象能夠解讀古代對世界過去、現在以及未來的理解。


    炻器,模制,青釉
    官窯
    浙江省杭州市
    元代,1279-1368年

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 26 and p. 308 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 15, pl. XIV bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.24, no.15, colour, p.60 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.60, no.43 bibliographic details
    • Yorke Hardy 1953 pp 5-6, no.15, pl.III bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc7/sh9

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: 'From the Imperial Collection, Peking.'

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.15

Guan stoneware incense burner of archaic bronze gui form with flattened mouthrim, two round handles with masks and a flaring foot.  The incense burner has greenish-grey glaze with regular, brown-stained crackle.  There are raised bosses under the mouthrim and on the foot, and raised 'Eight Trigrams' band around the body.

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