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Title

Censer (gui) with fourteen auspicious motifs

1573-1619

Artist

Hu Wenming

China

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    China
    Period
    Wanli 1573 - 1619 Ming dynasty 1368 - 1644 → 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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Hu Wenming

    Works in the collection

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  • 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

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications