- Museum number
Pyramidal porcelain perfume casket with square cross-section. Supported on four bulbous feet, with domed cover and flattened top. Fine white porcelain with partly pierced design of bamboo leaves within conventional wave and prunus border.
- Production date
Height: 200 millimetres
Width: 179 millimetres
Depth: 177 millimetres
- Curator's comments
Published PDF date : Qing 18thC
Room 95 label text:
Perfume casket or incense burner
This unusual carved porcelain perfume casket is decorated on all sides with bamboo. The shades of copper-green, iron-yellow, iron-red, manganese-aubergine and cobalt and manganese black enamels are typical of Kangxi polychrome ware. Bamboo conventionally symbolises the 君子 (junzi ‘a Confucian gentleman of integrity’) as it bends but does not break under pressure and is evergreen. The upper part, which forms the cover, is carved in openwork.
Carved porcelain with translucent overglaze colours
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, AD1662–1722
- On display (G95/dc64/s2)
- Acquisition notes
- Lady David 1973 records: From the Collection of Lord Kitchener.
PDF card: Lord Kitchener Collection.
- Registration number