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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 1200–1320

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  • Bibliography

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

    G95/case4/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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