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incense-burner

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.34

  • Description

    Ge type stoneware incense burner in the form of an ancient bronze gui with swelling body, high foot, and two handles at sides in form of gui dragons. The incense burner has a grey body covered in thin, blue-grey glaze with two layers of crackle, the main layer stained black and the minor layer ginger. Where exposed, body has turned brownish in firing. There is an inscription on the base. The foot is glazed, and the foot rim and base are unglazed.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1800-1900
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 140 millimetres
    • Width: 253 millimetres
    • Depth: 212 millimetres
    • Diameter: 164 millimetres (base)
    • Diameter: 206 millimetres (mouth)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On the base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        程道 具造 佛前供奉
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Cheng Daoju zao. Fo qian gong feng
      • Inscription Translation

        Made by Cheng Daoxing for offering before the Buddha.
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A34

    Incense burner with guan-type glaze and inscription


    This incense burner is modelled on an ancient Chinese food offering vessel called a gui. After the publication of illustrated books showing such vessels the forms were adapted for burning incense. The inscription incised into the base can be read as 程道 具造 佛前供奉 (Cheng Daoju zao. Fo qian gong feng 'Made by Cheng Daoju for offering before the Buddha'.)


    Stoneware with guan-type crackled glaze
    Guan-type ware
    Probably Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1800–1900

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  • Bibliography

    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.32, no.A34 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.58, no.A34 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case8/sh9

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.34

Ge type incense burner in the form of an ancient bronze gui with swelling body and high foot. Two handles at sides in form of gui dragons. Grey stoneware body covered in thin, blue-grey glaze with two layers of crackle, the main layer stained black and the minor layer ginger. Foot glazed and foot rim and base unglazed. Inscription on base. Where exposed, body has turneed brownish in firing.

Ge type incense burner in the form of an ancient bronze gui with swelling body and high foot. Two handles at sides in form of gui dragons. Grey stoneware body covered in thin, blue-grey glaze with two layers of crackle, the main layer stained black and the minor layer ginger. Foot glazed and foot rim and base unglazed. Inscription on base. Where exposed, body has turneed brownish in firing.

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