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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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 90 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionback of the head
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Wanli nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasty, Wanli reign
Inscription CommentSix-character Wanli mark in a double rectangle in underglaze blue on the back of the head
Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:
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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Object reference number: RRC39046
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