Tripod incense burner

Jacoby description, with Louise Cort’s annotations, as of 25 March 1990: Chinese tripod incense burner, with two upright handles, molded floral motifs, partly glazed turquoise and amber. Manchurian, 16th century. LAC: Not Tzu-chou; white slip over red clay.

The vessel has a squat bulbous body, three short legs and two tall handles. It is blue in color and bears low relief decoration. There is a mask on one leg where it meets the body.

Clay: Red earthenware.
Glaze: white slip under lead-silicate glazes (turquoise blue and iron brown).
Decoration: molded and highlighted with iron pigment under glaze.

Historical period(s)
Ming dynasty, late 14th century
Medium
Clay with white slip and iron pigment under lead-silcate glazes
Dimensions
H x W x D: 15.9 x 15.9 x 15.9 cm (6 1/4 x 6 1/4 x 6 1/4 in)
Geography
China, Shaanxi province
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Maureen R. Jacoby in memory of Rolf Jacoby
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1991.70
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Incense burner

Keywords
China, flower, incense, iron pigment, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), white slip, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance research underway.
Description

Jacoby description, with Louise Cort's annotations, as of 25 March 1990: Chinese tripod incense burner, with two upright handles, molded floral motifs, partly glazed turquoise and amber. Manchurian, 16th century. LAC: Not Tzu-chou; white slip over red clay.

The vessel has a squat bulbous body, three short legs and two tall handles. It is blue in color and bears low relief decoration. There is a mask on one leg where it meets the body.

Clay: Red earthenware.
Glaze: white slip under lead-silicate glazes (turquoise blue and iron brown).
Decoration: molded and highlighted with iron pigment under glaze.

Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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