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incense-burner

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.285

  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1280-1320
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 115 millimetres
    • Diameter: 136 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Modern JapanRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 285

    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 ware龍泉窯
    Longquan region, Zhejiang province 浙江省,龍泉地區
    Yuan dynasty, about 1280–1320

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1977 p.37, no.119 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1997 p.50, no.285 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case4/sh6

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    9 December 2010

    Reason for treatment

    Permanent Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Adhere plaster repairs, recent damage

    Condition

    Previousl recent repair, was knocked while handling and plaster fill became detached.

    Treatment details

    Cleaned old adhesive from edges of plaster fills, reshaped skightly to make a stronger bond with ceramic. Restuck into position with HMG heatproof and waterproof adhesive (cellulose nitrate). Fills gently sanded with micro-mesh cloth to prepare for painting. Re-painted to tone into surrounding colour of glaze using Golden Porcelain Restoration and Golden acrylic paints, applied with a sable brus and polished with micro-mesh cloth.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.285

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.

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