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Title

Abode of the Immortals; Isles of the Blest censer

13th century

Artist

  • Details

    Other Titles
    Qingbai ware "Hill" censer (on three moulded ram's head feet)
    Yingqing ware "Hill" censer (on three moulded ram's head feet)
    Place where the work was made
    Jingdezhen Jiangxi Province China
    Period
    Song dynasty 960 - 1279 → China
    Date
    13th century
    Media category
    Ceramic
    Materials used
    porcelain with 'qingbai' glaze
    Dimensions
    10.0 x 8.4 cm object with stand :

    a - lid, 5.5 x 8.4 cm

    b - base, 4.7 x 8.4 cm

    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of Mr J.H. Myrtle 1990
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    250.1990.a-b
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Jingdezhen ware

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    The so-called 'qingbai' (bluish white) ware was popular with local as well as overseas markets. The prototype for this purely Chinese shape is the bronze 'boshanlu' type believed to be a representation of Penglai-shan, the mythical abode of the Daoist Immortals.

    The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.113.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Jingdezhen

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

    • Great gifts, great patrons, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Aug 1994–19 Oct 1994

    • Glorious, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 May 2017–06 Jan 2019

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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