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incense-burner

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.499

  • Description

    Porcelain incense burner in the form of an archaic bronze 'gui'. The incense burner has a white body covered with a white porcelain glaze, and the well is only partially glazed. There is a small firing crack in the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 19thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 80 millimetres
    • Width: 147 millimetres
    • Depth: 118 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Seal
      • Inscription Position

        On the base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        尊 古接 簡
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Zun gu jie jian
      • Inscription Translation

        Following the ancient tradition
      • Inscription Comment

        On the base a seal reading 'Zun gu jie jian' (following ancient tradition)
  • Curator's comments

    Room 95 label text:

    PDF 499

    Incense burner modelled after bronze ‘gui’


    Dehua wares of the period AD 1600–1911 are typified by figures and vessels with a granular sugary white body and either a blue tinged or creamy white glaze. The pure whiteness of these ceramics is due to the relative absence of iron impurities in the body - indeed the clay used contains only half a percent of ferric oxide. Body and glaze fuse perfectly in the firing. Plain white porcelains from the Dehua kilns in Fujian, south-eastern China are known in the West by the nineteenth-century French connoisseurs’ term Blanc de Chine. On the base is a seal mark which has been read尊 古接 簡 (Zun gu jie jian ‘following ancient tradition’).


    Porcelain with transparent glaze
    Dehua ware 德化窯
    Dehua, Fujian province 德化, 福建省
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1800–1900

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  • Location

    G95/dc34/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.499

White porcelain incense burner in the form of an archaic bronze 'gui'. Covered with a white porcelain glaze. The well is partially glazed. There is a small firing crack in the base.

White porcelain incense burner in the form of an archaic bronze 'gui'. Covered with a white porcelain glaze. The well is partially glazed. There is a small firing crack in the base.

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