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An image of Narcissus basin-shaped incense burner with 'chi' dragon handles by

China

Title
Narcissus basin-shaped incense burner with 'chi' dragon handles
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 of origin
China
Period
Xuande 1426 - 1435Ming dynasty 1368 - 1644 → China
Year
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
Accession number
136.2003
Location
Not on display
Further information

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

Exhibition history (1)

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