The wooden box in which this piece is stored (according to the Japanese custom), indicates that it was once in the possession of the Kyoto Zen temple of Tenryu-ji, which was ranked first among the major Zen temples in Kyoto during the Muromachi period (1392-1568). Modelled on a wooden prototype with a pair of incense holders attached, the tablestand would have been produced for the local Chinese market and have been brought back to Japan by a Zen monk. Zen monks played a significant role in the import of Chinese culture to Japan.
The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.210.
Desk stand with relief decoration of flowers and animals
Ming dynasty 1368 - 1644 → China
celadon with relief decoration
12.5 x 11.4 x 4.5 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Laurence G. Harrison 1990
Not on display
Where the work was made
Referenced in 1 publication
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The World of Samurai Culture', Sydney, 2003, 210 (colour illus.).