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incense-burner

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.672

  • Description

    Porcelain incense burner of ancient bronze gui form. Two applied animal mask handles, and high shaped base with four openings. Underglaze blue with two vertical inscriptions on each side.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1627 (dated)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 145 millimetres
    • Width: 220 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        on side
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明天啟丁卯年造
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Tianqi dingmao nian zao
      • Inscription Translation

        made in the dingmao year of the reign of the Tianqi emperor of the Ming dynasty [AD 1627).
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On the side
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        聖廟祭器
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Shengmiao jiqi
      • Inscription Translation

        Sacrificial vessel for the Confucian Temple
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Tianqi 1621-1627Room 95 label text:

    PDF A672

    Incense burner with inscriptions


    The form of this porcelain incense burner derives from a metalwork vessel. It has elephant head-shaped handles and inscriptions in underglaze blue on either side. On one side these read 聖廟祭器 (Shengmiao jiqi ‘Sacrificial vessel for the Confucian Temple’) and 大明天啟丁卯年造 (Da Ming Tianqi dingmao nian zao ‘made in the dingmao year of the reign of the Tianqi emperor of the Ming dynasty [AD 1627]).


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, dated equivalent to AD 1627

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  • Bibliography

    • Riddell 1979 p.108, no.92 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.48, no.A672 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.68, no.A672 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004A pp 118-119, no. 51 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc23/sh9

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.672

Porcelain incense burner of ancient bronze gui form. Two applied animal mask handles, and high shaped base with four openings. Underglaze blue with two vertical inscriptions on each side.

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