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incense-burner

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.276

  • Description

    Longquan stoneware incense burner in the form of an archaic bronze li tripod with wide neck and flattened mouth rim, on three legs. The incense burner has grey-green glaze with wide dark crackle. There is a vent hole in each leg just below the join with the body.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1200-1320
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 116 millimetres
    • Diameter: 132 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF 276

    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.


    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 1200–1320PDF 276

    青釉三足鬲式香爐


    此三足香爐器形仿遠古青銅食器鬲,施淺青灰色釉。宋代,文人熱衷於古物和金石學,關於青銅與玉器的著作頗豐。這一時期的工匠們也將這些古物的造型應用於不同材質的器物上,以滿足當時富裕階層的需求。新的使用者們改變了器物原有的功用,如將此器作為臺案上所用之香爐,而非青銅器中原來作為向去世的祖先供奉食物的鬲。


    炻器,属廣義瓷器,青釉
    龍泉窯
    浙江省龍泉地區
    元代,約1200-1320年

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1977 p.25, no.68 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1997 p.48, no.276 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc4/sh6

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.276

Longquan stoneware incense burner in the form of an archaic bronze li tripod with wide neck and flattened mouth rim, on three legs. The incense burner has grey-green glaze with wide dark crackle. There is a vent hole in each leg just below the join with the body.

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