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incense-burner

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.36

  • Description

    Guan-type stoneware incense burner in form of ancient bronze gui with rounded sides and two handles in the form of stylised fish or birds. The incense burner has a greyish-white body covered in thick, translucent greyish-green glaze with two layers of crackle, with the wide crackle stained black and the close crackle ginger. Where exposed in firing, the body is reddish-brown. The base is glazed and the foot rim unglazed.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC-19thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 63 millimetres
    • Width: 134 millimetres
    • Depth: 102 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A36

    Incense burner with guan-type glaze


    This incense burner has fish-shaped handles either side and is covered with a crackled glaze. 官 (guan ‘official’) celadon glaze was invented in the Southern Song dynasty (AD 1127–1279) and much copied in the Qing dynasty.


    Stoneware with guan-type crackled glaze
    Guan-type ware
    Probably Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1900

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 242 bibliographic details
    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.32, no.A36 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.61, no.A36 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc8/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.36

Guan-type stoneware incense burner in form of ancient bronze gui with rounded sides and two handles in the form of stylised fish or birds. Greyish-white body covered in thick, translucent greyish-green glaze with two layers of crackle. Wide crackle stained black and close crackle ginger. Base glazed and rim of foot unglazed. Where exposed in firing, body reddish-brown.

Guan-type stoneware incense burner in form of ancient bronze gui with rounded sides and two handles in the form of stylised fish or birds. Greyish-white body covered in thick, translucent greyish-green glaze with two layers of crackle. Wide crackle stained black and close crackle ginger. Base glazed and rim of foot unglazed. Where exposed in firing, body reddish-brown.

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