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incense-burner

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.279

  • Description

    Longquan porcelain incense burner of archaic bronze li form, with globular body, wide straight neck and flattened mouthrim, on three tapered legs. The incense burner has pale grey-green glaze. There is a vent hole in each leg just below the join with the body.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 12thC-13thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 114 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Southern Song 12th-13thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 279

    Tripod incense burner


    This three-legged incense burner is in the form of an ancient ritual bronze food vessel, called a li (鬲). 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.


    Stoneware, porcelain-type, with celadon glaze
    Longquan ware龍泉窯
    Longquan region, Zhejiang province 浙江省,龍泉地區
    Southern Song dynasty, about 1200–1279

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 37 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1977 p.17, no.34 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1997 p.48, no.279 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case52-4

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    9 February 2009

    Treatment proposal

    Fill chips

    Condition

    Two chips on rim edge, slightly ingrained with dirt. Paper label on base. Glaze is slightly worn and scratched, mostly around the flat rim. Light surface dirt over object.

    Treatment details

    Covered paper label with cling film and taped down. Steam cleaned chips twice with de-ionised water to remove ingrained dirt, dried with paper towels. Allowed to dry fully for one week under a cover to prevent dirt and dust contaminating the clean chips. Gap filled with Fynebond epoxy resin which was bulked heavily with Aerosil 805 fumed silica and coloured with artists' dry ground pigments. Resin was applied with a metal spatula, allowed to cure fully for 2 days, then softened with Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone) on a cotton wool swabs and shaved back to the correct size. Resin was allowed to cure for a further 2 days before being polished with Micromesh fine abrasive cloth (silicon carbide/aluminium oxide) grades 1500, 1800, 2400, 3200, 3600, 4000, 6000, 8000 and 12000. Object was further cleaned with a 50:50 solution of de-ionised water and Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol, methanol) applied on a cotton wool swab and dried with a paper towel.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.279

Longquan porcelain incense burner of archaic bronze li form, with globular body, wide straight neck and flattened mouthrim, on three tapered legs. The incense burner has pale grey-green glaze. There is a vent hole in each leg just below the join with the body.

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