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Title

Tripod censer


Artist

Jingdezhen ware

China


About

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


Details


Other Title

Tripod censer ('ding')


Place where the work was made

Jingdezhen Jiangxi Province China


Date

early 17th century


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

porcelain with underglaze blue decoration


Dimensions

11.0 x 8.7 cm


Credit

Gift from the J.H. Myrtle Collection 2000


Accession number

133.2000


Artist information

Jingdezhen ware

Works in the collection

119


Place

Where the work was made
Jingdezhen

Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


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. cat.no. 65