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An image of Tripod censer by Jingdezhen ware

Jingdezhen ware

(China  – )

Tripod censer
Other titles:
Tripod censer ('ding')
Place of origin
JingdezhenJiangxi ProvinceChina
Wanli 1573 - 1619Ming dynasty 1368 - 1644 → China
early 17th century
Media category
Materials used
porcelain with underglaze blue decoration

11.0 x 8.7 cm

Gift from the J.H. Myrtle Collection 2000
Accession number
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

This incense burner is decorated with two five-clawed dragons frolicking with a flaming pearl amongst clouds and flames, beneath a narrow scroll border and above a wave base. The three legs bear animal faces above beast claws. The design is based on a legend of the dragon having nine sons which emerged in the Ming dynasty. One of the nine sons is named Suanni who resembles a lion and enjoys smoke, and thus appears often as a motif on incense burners.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012

Bibliography (2)

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Marvel of Porcelain', Sydney, 2003, 121 (colour illus.).

Editor Unknown (Editor), Chinese pottery and porcelain, Sydney, 1951. 65

Exhibition history (3)

Chinese Pottery and Porcelain, The Ceramic Society of Australia, Sydney, 12 Nov 1951–24 Nov 1951

Dragon (2012), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Jan 2012–06 May 2012

Conversations through the Asian collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Oct 2014–05 Sep 2015