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incense-burner

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.466

  • Description

    Porcelain incense vessel in the form of an archaic bronze 'gui' with two dragon-head handles. The incense burner has blue tinged glaze. There are elaborately carved designs round the sides imitating bronze style decorative motifs.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1736-1795
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 61 millimetres
    • Width: 102 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming 16th-17th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 466

    Incense vessel in the form of an ancient bronze


    This incense burner is in the form of an ancient ritual bronze food vessel, called a gui. It is covered with a pale qingbai glaze. In the Song dynasty, educated men revived interest in antiques and in collecting objects from the past. They published catalogues illustrating historical jades and bronzes. Contemporary Song craftsmen reproduced their shapes in other materials, responding to commissions from wealthy clients. This tradition was revived in the Ming and Qing dynasties. The new users adapted the functions of these objects hence the present vessel would have been used for burning incense rather than as a vessel connected with offering food to deceased ancestors.


    Porcelain with carved decoration and qingbai glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Qianlong period, about AD 1736–1795

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  • Bibliography

    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.44, no.97 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc40/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.466

Porcelain incense vessel in the form of an archaic bronze 'gui' with two dragon-head handles. The incense burner has blue tinged glaze.  There are elaborately carved designs round the sides imitating bronze style decorative motifs.

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