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Title

Narcissus basin-shaped incense burner with 'chi' dragon handles


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This elegant and refined oval-shaped basin has a shallow body sitting on four short legs in the 'ruyi' sceptre design. Two 'chi' dragons with arched bodies are cast on to the long sides of the bowl, serving as handles. 'Ruyi' (literally meaning 'as you wish'), was the name given to a sceptre first popular in the Six Dynasty period (220-589), and often depicted in Chinese art being held by learned men of the Confucian, Daoist and Buddhist religions. This type of Xuande (1426-1435) bronze was a favourite adornment of scholars' studios, so much so that by the late Ming dynasty, many had been widely copied – a tradition that continued into the Qing dynasty.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012


Details


Other Titles

Square-shaped censer decorated with a pair of animals in high relief

Oval-shaped censer decorated with a pair of animals in high relief

Narcissus basin with 'qi' dragon handles


Place where the work was made

China


Date

17th century


Media category

Metalwork


Materials used

bronze


Dimensions

18.4 x 14.8 cm; 14.5 x 11.0 cm stand


Credit

Gift from the J.H. Myrtle Collection 2003


Location

Not on display


Accession number

136.2003



Place

Where the work was made
China

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


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