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.
- 1627 (dated)
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 145 millimetres
- Width: 220 millimetres
Inscription Positionon side
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Tianqi dingmao nian zao
Inscription Translationmade in the dingmao year of the reign of the Tianqi emperor of the Ming dynasty [AD 1627).
Inscription PositionOn the side
Inscription TransliterationShengmiao jiqi
Inscription TranslationSacrificial vessel for the Confucian Temple
Published PDF date : Ming Tianqi 1621-1627Room 95 label text:
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
On display: G95/dc23/sh9
If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Object reference number: RRC39580
British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.
The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.