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Stoneware tripod incense burner in form of ancient bronze li with globular body and three tapering legs. The incense burner has a grey body and grey-green glaze with close crackle. The base of the feet are unglazed.
- Made in: Longquan (area)
- (Asia,China,Zhejiang (province),Longquan Area)
- Height: 71 millimetres
- Diameter: 89 millimetres
Published PDF date : Southern Song 12th-13thCRoom 95 label text:
Tripod incense burner
This three-legged incense burner is in the form of an ancient ritual bronze food vessel, called a li. It is covered with a pale grey-green glaze. In the Song dynasty, educated men revived interest in antiques and in collecting objects from the past. They published catalogues illustrating historical jades and bronzes. Contemporary Song craftsmen reproduced their shapes in other materials, responding to commissions from wealthy clients. The new users adapted the functions of these objects hence the present tripod would have been used on an altar for burning incense rather than as a vessel connected with offering food to deceased ancestors.
Stoneware, porcelain-type, with crackled celadon glaze
Longquan region, Zhejiang province 浙江省，龍泉地區
Yuan dynasty, about 1280–1320
PDF Card: Bought by Sir Percival David in April 1935 at Hangzhou.
Guan stoneware tripod incense burner in form of ancient bronze li with globular body and three tapering legs. Grey body covered in grey-green glaze with close crackle. Bases of feet unglazed.
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Object reference number: RRC39556
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