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Title

Censer 'gui' with fourteen auspicious motifs around rim


Artist

HU Wenming

China


About

The Ming esteem for early bronzes led to the production of contemporary copies for use on household altars as well as for secular use. Hu catered to this market, specialising in wares for the Chinese scholar, specifically those for the incense cult. His family studio was active in the late Ming in the key cultural area known as Jiangnan to the southwest of Shanghai in Jiangsu province, a famous centre for metalcraft. Wares such as this censer represent the fascinating co-operation between the elite scholars, who evolved a distinctive aesthetic, and the artist craftspeople they commissioned to articulate this aesthetic. Out of his co-operation came some outstanding works of art, particularly in metalwork, much of which, like this censer, was archaistic in flavour.

‘The Asian Collections: Art Gallery of New South Wales’. pg.77
© 2003 Trustees, Art Gallery of New South Wales


Details


Place where the work was made

China


Date

1573-1619


Media category

Metalwork


Materials used

copper with applied cast bronze handles and parcel gilt band around rim


Dimensions

7.5 x 11.7 cm


Signature & date

Signed base [six-character artist seal: made by Hu Wenming of Yunjian - Songjiang, Jiangsu (Yunjian Hu Wenming zhi)] Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1997


Location

Not on display


Accession number

368.1997


Artist information

HU Wenming

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
China

Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Bronzes and Jades', Sydney, 2003, 77 (colour illus.).

Arts from the Scholar's Studio, Hong Kong, 1986, no.73.