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incense-burner

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.216

  • Description

    Longquan ware porcelain incense-burner of archaic ding tripod shape with globular body, three cabriole legs each moulded into shape of lion's paw with animal mask at the top, and two strap handles on the shoulder. The base of the vessel is cut through to form a circular opening, sealed with a smalled inverted dish on the interior. The incense-burner has a fine, very pale grey body and thick grey-green glaze. There are the Eight Trigrams in relief on the exterior.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1279-1368
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 228 millimetres
    • Width: 232 millimetres
    • Depth: 223 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF A216

    Incense burner


    Potters modelled this three-legged incense burner on an ancient ritual bronze food vessel called a ding. The body is decorated with the Eight Trigrams in relief. Similar vessels have been recovered from the Shinan shipwreck of AD1323. This ship was sunk in the waters near the Dokdo islets off the Shinan coast in south-west Korea. Of the 17,000 ceramics on board, over half were from Longquan. The ship is believed to have been travelling from Ningbo in southern China to Korea, on its way to Japan.


    Stoneware, porcelain-type, with incised and applied decoration beneath a celadon glaze
    Longquan ware龍泉窯
    Longquan region, Zhejiang province 浙江省,龍泉地區
    Yuan dynasty, AD 1279–1368

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 57 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2001 p. 76, no. 76 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1977 p.31, no.91 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1997 pp 57-58, no.A216 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case4/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.216

Longquan ware porcelain incense burner of archaic ding tripod shape with globular body, standing on three cabriole legs each moulded into shape of lion's paw with animal mask at top. Two strap handles on shoulder. Eight Trigrams in relief on body. Fine, very pale grey body covered with thick grey-green glaze. Base of vessel cut through to form circular opening sealed with small inverted dish on inside.

Longquan ware porcelain incense burner of archaic ding tripod shape with globular body, standing on three cabriole legs each moulded into shape of lion's paw with animal mask at top. Two strap handles on shoulder. Eight Trigrams in relief on body. Fine, very pale grey body covered with thick grey-green glaze. Base of vessel cut through to form circular opening sealed with small inverted dish on inside.

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