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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.
- Made in: Longquan (area)
- (Asia,China,Zhejiang (province),Longquan Area)
- Height: 114 millimetres
Published PDF date : Southern Song 12th-13thCRoom 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 (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 region, Zhejiang province 浙江省，龍泉地區
Southern Song dynasty, about 1200–1279
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Object reference number: RRC38696
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