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incense-burner

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.771

  • Description

    Porcelain cylindrical incense burner on three small feet and a recess on the base. There are three medallions with psuedo-Arabic inscriptions alternating with lotus scrolls in Wucai style with underglaze blue and overglaze red, green and yellow enamel on the exterior. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1644-1700
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 83 millimetres
    • Diameter: 113 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Character in a rectangular cartouche in underglaze blue on the base
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        Arabic
      • Inscription Position

        in roundels
      • Inscription Language

        Arabic
      • Inscription Translation

        Red roundel = There is no God but Allah
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming late 16th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 771

    Incense burner with Arabic inscriptions


    This roughly potted incense burner has three medallions around the outside with poorly written Arabic inscriptions, alternating with lotus scrolls. It is painted with underglaze blue and overglaze enamels in wucai-style. The red roundel has an inscription which is a profession of faith - 'There is no God but Allah'.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze enamel decoration in wucai style
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about, AD 1644–1700

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1978 p.37, no.108 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.38, no.771 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case27/sh9

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.771

Cylindrical porcelain incense burner on three small feet. Wucai style decoration with underglaze blue and overglaze red, green and yellow enamels. Three medallions on exterior with psuedo-Arabic inscriptions, alternating with lotus scrolls. Several unglazed bands. Recess on base with mark in underglaze blue.

Cylindrical porcelain incense burner on three small feet. Wucai style decoration with underglaze blue and overglaze red, green and yellow enamels. Three medallions on exterior with psuedo-Arabic inscriptions, alternating with lotus scrolls. Several unglazed bands. Recess on base with mark in underglaze blue.

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