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Title

Tripod censer

early 17th century

Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Tripod censer ('ding')
    Place where the work was made
    Jingdezhen Jiangxi Province China
    Period
    Wanli 1573 - 1619 Ming dynasty 1368 - 1644 → 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
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    133.2000
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Jingdezhen ware

    Works in the collection

    119

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  • 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

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Jingdezhen

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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