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Longquan stoneware incense burner of an archaic bronze li form tripod with a wide cylindrical neck with flattened rim, standing on three tapered legs. The incense burner has pale blue-green glaze. There are three vents on the interior where the legs are attached.
- Made in: Longquan (area)
- (Asia,China,Zhejiang (province),Longquan Area)
- Height: 115 millimetres
- Diameter: 136 millimetres
Published PDF date : Modern JapanRoom 95 label text:
Tripod incense burner
This three-legged incense burner is in the form of an ancient ritual bronze food vessel, called a li. It is covered with a pale grey-green 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. The new users adapted the functions of these objects hence the present tripod would have been used on an altar for burning incense rather than as a vessel connected with offering food to deceased ancestors. This Yuan example has a slightly compressed body.
Stoneware, porcelain-type, with celadon glaze
Longquan region, Zhejiang province 浙江省，龍泉地區
Yuan dynasty, about 1280–1320
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Object reference number: RRC38702
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