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incense-burner

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.530

  • Description

    Porcelain globular incense burner on three small feet with two loop handles. The incense burner has matt greyish blue opaque glaze. There is a seal mark in underglaze blue, and six small round spur marks on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1723-1735
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 50 millimetres
    • Diameter: 88 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Content

        大清雍正年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Qing Yongzheng nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Qing dynasty, Yongzheng reign
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Yongzheng 1723-1735Room 95 label text:

    PDF 530

    Incense burner with celadon glaze


    Both the shape and glaze of this incense burner reflect the Yongzheng emperor’s antiquarian taste. Potters modelled the form of the incense burner on an ancient bronze food vessel called a gui . Wealthy aristocrats and generals of the Shang and Zhou dynasties, (about 1600–256 BC), buried bronze vessels as part of ritual eating and drinking equipment for tombs. The shape was transformed into an incense burner in the Song dynasty (AD 960–1279) as catalogues of collections of antiques were published with woodblock-printed illustrations. The celadon glaze evokes both Northern Song Ru and Southern Song guan glazes. There is an underglaze blue Yongzheng seal mark on the base.


    Porcelain with celadon glaze and underglaze cobalt-blue mark
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Yongzheng mark and period, AD 1723–1735

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  • Bibliography

    • Scott 1989 p.16, no. 530 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1973 p.16, no.530 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case50/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.530

Globular porcelain incense burner on three small feet with two loop handles. Matt greyish blue opaque glaze. Seal mark in underglaze blue and six small round spur marks on the base.

Globular porcelain incense burner on three small feet with two loop handles. Matt greyish blue opaque glaze. Seal mark in underglaze blue and six small round spur marks on the base.

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