Jan 12, 2022
Jan 12, 2022

Incense Burner (Boshan Lu)

Incense Burner (Boshan Lu)

200–100 BC

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Bronze

Diameter: 9.9 cm (3 7/8 in.); Overall: 18.4 cm (7 1/4 in.); Lid: 7.8 x 9.1 cm (3 1/16 x 3 9/16 in.); Container: 11.3 cm (4 7/16 in.)

Severance and Greta Millikin Purchase Fund 1986.46.b

Did you know?

Deities (appearing as hunters) and fantastic beasts roam freely among mists and clouds on this incense burner.

Description

The conical cover of this incense burner represents a miniature mountain with hunting scenes. The cover was shrouded in mist and emanated intoxicating smoke through its openwork when fragrant woods and herbs were burnt in its stem cup, transporting its beholder into an imaginative realm.

See also
Collection: 
China - Han Dynasty
Department: 
Chinese Art
Type of artwork: 
Metalwork
Medium: 
Bronze

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