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SONG DYNASTY (960-1279)

SONG DYNASTY (960-1279)
The censer is potted with a flat everted mouth and a u-shaped body rising from a pagoda-like base. The upper section of the base is modelled with a stylised chrysanthemum-form skirt. It is covered with a pale bluish-white glaze.
4 3⁄4 in. (12.1 cm.) high, box
University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong, The Multiplicity of Simplicity - Monochrome wares from the Song to the Yuan dynasties, 2012, no. 18

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During the Song dynasty, burning incense became a scholarly pursuit, and was practiced in small interior settings. Exquisite incense burners, such as the present example, are most suitable for use in a scholar’s studio. In the Northern Song painting Tingqin tu in the Palace Museum, Beijing, the main figure sits next to a xiangji on which a small censer, reminiscent of the present example, is seen burning incense. According to some scholars, this figure is probably Emperor Huizong himself.

Compare a large qingbai censer of similar form in the collection of the Tokyo National Museum, illustrated in the Oriental Ceramics: the Worlds Great Collections, vol. 1: Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo, 1982, no. 65.

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