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Incense Burner (Xianglu)

A work made of gray earthenware with polychrome painting and openwork decoration.
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  • A work made of gray earthenware with polychrome painting and openwork decoration.

Date:

Western Han dynasty, 206 BCE–9 CE

Artist:

China
probably from Hunan province

About this artwork

This incense burner has a stemmed cup and a domed, openwork cover pierced with geometric patterns. Its design is distinctive to ceramics from south-central China that were made during the Western Han dynasty (206BCE–9 CE). It was probably modeled on a bronze incense burner cast with a perforated lid for the release of fragrant smoke. Other common forms from the Han dynasty are in the case to the right.

Status

On View, Gallery 133

Department

Arts of Asia

Title

Incense Burner (Xianglu)

Place

China (Object made in)

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206 BCE–9 CE

Medium

Gray earthenware with polychrome painting and openwork decoration

Dimensions

14.3 × 14.4 cm (5 5/8 × 5 11/16 in.); Diam.: 14.4 cm (5 11/16 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Russell Tyson

Reference Number

1964.728a-b

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