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Ru stoneware incense burner in form of Warring States or Han dynasty bronze or lacquer Lian, with cylindrical body, three cabriole legs, and three raised 'bow-string' lines around body. The incense burner has an ash-grey body covered in blue-grey glaze with fine crackle. There is a ring of five elliptical spur marks on the base, which is glazed.
- Made in: Henan (province)
- (Asia,China,Henan (province))
- Height: 153 millimetres
- Diameter: 248 millimetres
Published PDF date : Northern Song early 12thCRoom 95 label text:
Incense burner with three cabriole legs
This unusually large incense burner evokes antiquity through both its shape and glaze. Potters modelled the cylindrical body, cabriole legs and carved horizontal line decoration after antique bronze or lacquer food containers called 奩 (lian), made in the Warring States and Han dynasty period (475 BC–AD 220). The colour of the incense burner’s crackled grey-blue-green glaze conjures up the appearance of ancient jades. In AD1151, General Zhang Jun 張浚, a favoured official of the Southern Song Emperor Gaozong 宋高宗 (ruled AD 1127–62), presented the emperor with sixteen Ru ware ceramics, including a large and small censer. The gift may have included an incense burner like this one.
Stoneware with incised decoration and celadon glaze
Qingliangsi, Baofeng county, Henan province河南省,寳豐縣,清凉寺
Northern Song dynasty, about AD 1086–1125
Ru stoneware incense burner in form of Warring States or Han dynasty bronze or lacquer Lian, with cylindrical body and three cabriole legs. Three raised 'bow-string' lines around body. Ash-grey stoneware body covered in blue-grey glaze with fine crackle. Base and legs glazed and ring of five elliptical spur marks on base.
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Object reference number: RRC39335
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