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incense-burner

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.625

  • Description

    Porcelain tripod censer of ancient bronze form. Two tall strap handles which curve outward. Underglaze blue with mythical beasts and auspicious emblems on each of the lobes. Blue parallel lines on mouth rim, lobes and handles.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 17thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 127 millimetres
    • Diameter: 140 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A625

    Tripod incense burner with mythical beast and auspicious emblems


    The form of this incense burner is based on an ancient bronze ritual vessel. Each side is decorated in underglaze blue with a mythical beast and auspicious emblems.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, about AD 1600–1644

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 186 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.39, no.A625, pl.VI bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.58, no.A625 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case23/sh9

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.625

Porcelain tripod censer of ancient bronze form. Two tall strap handles which curve outward. Underglaze blue with mythical beasts and auspicious emblems on each of the lobes. Blue parallel lines on mouth rim, lobes and handles.

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