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incense-holder

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.713

  • Description

    Porcelain incense stick holder in the form of a mythical qilin, with a hole in the centre of the back for an incense stick. There is decoration, picking out the details of the qilin in underglaze blue and red, green and yellow overglaze enamels. Mark on head and back.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 90 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        back of the head
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明萬里年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Wanli nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Wanli reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Wanli mark in a double rectangle in underglaze blue on the back of the head
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:

    PDF 713

    Incense-stick holder


    The 麒麟(qilin 'mythical beast') figure serving as an incense stick holder is extremely rare. Potters decorated it in a twice-fired technique called 五彩 (wucai ‘five colours’) composed of underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze red, yellow, and green. It has a six-character Wanli reign mark.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue, and overglaze red, green and yellow decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period, AD1573–1620

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  • Bibliography

    • Feng 2006 p.23, no.713 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.31, no.83 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006a pp 26-27, no. 4 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case57-3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.713

Porcelain incense stick holder in the form of a mythical qilin. Underglaze blue and red, green and yellow overglaze enamels. Hole in centre of back for incense stick. Mark on head and back.

Porcelain incense stick holder in the form of a mythical qilin. Underglaze blue and red, green and yellow overglaze enamels. Hole in centre of back for incense stick. Mark on head and back.

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