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incense-burner

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.29

  • Description

    Ge stoneware incense burner in the form of an ancient bronze gui with two small handles in the form of fish or birds. The incense-burner has a dark grey body covered with thick yellowish-grey glaze with even crackle stained dark grey and ginger.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1279-1368
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 74 millimetres
    • Diameter: 83 millimetres (base)
    • Diameter: 103 millimetres (mouth)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        宋器無多巧大
        都罏與缾妙香
        欣此藝忌嗅有
        餘馨提拾資雙
        耳丁星承六釘
        由來絳土色謂
        鐡誤為聼
        乾隆癸卯清和御題
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Song qi wuduo qiao dadou lu yu ping miao xiang xin ci yi ji xiu you yu xin tishi zi
        Shuanger ding xing cheng liu ding youlai jiangtuse wei tie wu wei ting.
        Qianlong guimao qinghe yuti
      • Inscription Translation

        In the Song dynasty there were not many exquisite wares. Most of the vessels were censers and vases. It is wonderful to enjoy a fine work of art. The pleasure leaves a lasting impression. This censer has two handles by which to carry it. There are six marks on the base like nails. The original colour is of dark earth. Some say it is the colour of iron, but they are mistaken.
        Composed by the Qianlong emperor in the fourth month of the guimao year (AD 1783–1784).
      • Inscription Comment

        This can be found in:集部/別集類/清代/御製詩集/五集卷十二
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Position

        end of inscription
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        太璞
      • Inscription Transliteration

        taipu
      • Inscription Translation

        supreme simplicity
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Position

        end of inscription
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        古香
      • Inscription Transliteration

        guxiang
      • Inscription Translation

        ancient fragrance
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Yuan 13th-14th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A29

    Inscribed incense burner with stylised fish handles


    The base has an incised Qianlong inscription dated to 1783–84 which reads: 宋器無多巧大都罏與缾妙香欣此藝忌嗅有餘馨提拾資雙耳丁星承六釘由來絳土色謂鐡誤為聼 乾隆癸卯清和御題Song qi wuduo qiao dadou lu yu ping miao xiang xin ci yi ji xiu you yu xin tishi zi Shuang er ding xing cheng liu ding youlai jiangtuse wei tie wu wei ting.Qianlong guimao qinghe yuti. This has been translated as ‘In the Song dynasty there were not many exquisite wares. Most of the vessels were censers and vases. It is wonderful to enjoy a fine work or art. The pleasure leaves a lasting impression. This censer has two handles by which to carry it. There are six marks on the base like nails. The original colour is of dark earth. Some say it is the colour of iron, but they are mistaken. Composed by Qianlong in the fourth month of the guimao year (AD 1783–1784) and written by the Emperor.’ Two seals at the end of the inscription which read 古香 (guxiang ‘ancient fragrance’) 太璞 (taipu ‘supreme simplicity’).


    Stoneware with celadon glaze
    Guan ware 官窯
    Hangzhou, Zhejiang province 浙江省,杭州市
    Yuan dynasty, about AD 1279–1368

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 33 bibliographic details
    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.23, no.14 bibliographic details
    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.31, no.A29, pl.XIII bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.56, no.A29 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case7/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.29

Ge ware incense burner in form of an ancient bronze gui with two small handles in the form of fish or birds. Dark grey stoneware body covered with thick yellowish-grey glaze with even crackle stained dark grey and ginger.

Ge ware incense burner in form of an ancient bronze gui with two small handles in the form of fish or birds. Dark grey stoneware body covered with thick yellowish-grey glaze with even crackle stained dark grey and ginger.

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