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incense-burner

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.243

  • Description

    Longquan porcelain incense burner of cylindrical form with three legs and a hole in the centre of the base. It has grey-green glaze, crackled on the bottom half. There is an inscription on the body.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1517
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 153 millimetres
    • Diameter: 230 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        正德丁丑
      • Inscription Translation

        The believer Chen E-fa of the eastern area of Lishui xian in the prefecture of Chuzhou has offered with joy ten censers to the Liuhe Buddhist monastery, that they may be placed before Guanyin with the prayer that his mother may live a long life, that he and his wife may grow old together, that every member of his family may have good fortune, that he may have many sons and grandsons, that he may live a charitable and pious life (in the service of the Buddha) and that they may all enjoy happiness. Made in the middle ten days, of the eighth month, of the cyclical year dingzhou of the Zhengde period [AD 1517].
      • Inscription Comment

        Dated by inscription to AD 1517 characters to be added
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF 243

    Incense burner with three legs and a dedicatory inscription


    The inscription has been translated: 'The believer Chen E-fa of the eastern area of Lishui xian in the prefecture of Chuzhou has offered with joy ten censers to the Liuhe Buddhist monastery, that they may be placed before Guanyin with the prayer that his mother may live a long life, that he and his wife may grow old together, that every member of his family may have good fortune, that he may have many sons and grandsons, that he may live a charitable and pious life (in the service of the Buddha) and that they may all enjoy happiness. Made in the middle ten days, of the eighth month, of the cyclical year dingzhou of the Zhengde period [AD 1517]'.


    Stoneware, porcelain–type, with celadon glaze and incised inscription
    Longquan ware龍泉窯
    Longquan region, Zhejiang province 浙江省, 龍泉地區
    Ming dynasty, dated equivalent to AD 1517

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 129 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 61, pl. LX bibliographic details
    • Medley 1977 p.35, no.107 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1997 p.37, no.243 bibliographic details
    • Riddell 1979 p.46, no.18 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc6/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.243

Longquan porcelain flower-pot of cylindrical form with three legs and a hole in the centre of the base. The flower-pot has grey-green glaze, crackled on the bottom half. There is an inscription on the body.

Longquan porcelain flower-pot of cylindrical form with three legs and a hole in the centre of the base. The flower-pot has grey-green glaze, crackled on the bottom half. There is an inscription on the body.

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