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incense-burner

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.27

  • Description

    Guan-type ware incense burner in the form of an ancient bronze gui, with two handles resembling fish at the shoulder with a slightly raised ridge. The incense burner has a dark grey body covered in thick grey-green glaze with wide crackle. There are five spur marks on the interior of the vessel and six on the base, which is glazed. The mouth-rim and the foot are unglazed.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 19thC-20thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 83 millimetres
    • Width: 160 millimetres
    • Diameter: 87 millimetres (base)
    • Diameter: 114 millimetres (mouth)
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Southern Song 12th-13thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A27

    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 1800–1911

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  • Bibliography

    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.30, no.A27 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.55, no.A27 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc8/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Yorke Hardy 1953 records: Ex Eumorfopoulos Collection, "Catalogue". Vol II, B. 67 and pl. 17. PDF Card: Acquired via Norton £500.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.27

Guan ware incense burner in the form of an ancient bronze gui. Two handles resembling fish at the shoulder with a slightly raised ridge. Dark grey stoneware body covered in thick grey-green glaze with wide crackle. Rim of mouth and foot unglazed, and there are five spur marks inside the vessel and six on the glazed base.

Guan ware incense burner in the form of an ancient bronze gui. Two handles resembling fish at the shoulder with a slightly raised ridge. Dark grey stoneware body covered in thick grey-green glaze with wide crackle. Rim of mouth and foot unglazed, and there are five spur marks inside the vessel and six on the glazed base.

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