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Identification and Creation
Object Number
2006.170.236.A-B
Title
Mountain-form censer (boshanlu)
Other Titles
Original Language Title: 東晋至南朝 青瓷博山爐
Classification
Vessels
Work Type
vessel
Date
5th-6th century
Places
Creation Place: East Asia, China
Period
Northern and Southern Dynasties period, 420-589
Culture
Chinese
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/182529
Location
Level 3, Room 3620, University Study Gallery
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Physical Descriptions
Medium
Stoneware with celadon glaze
Technique
Celadon
Dimensions
H. 31.4 x Diam. 21 cm (12 3/8 x 8 1/4 in.)
Provenance
[Sotheby's, New York, 22 March 2000, lot. 82] sold; to Walter C. Sedgwick Foundation, Woodside, CA (2000-2006), partial gift; to Harvard University Art Museums, 2006.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Partial gift of the Walter C. Sedgwick Foundation and partial purchase through a fund established by Ernest B. and Helen Pratt Dane for the purchase of Asian art
Accession Year
2006
Object Number
2006.170.236.A-B
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Incense burner with cover in the form of a mountain peak, bowl-shaped receptacle supported on a short cylindrical stem, and attached circular tray with vertical sides as the base; the cover pierced with small circular openings and decorated in high relief with representations of hills with vertical striations and appliques of animals and reptilian beasts; light gray stoneware with pale yellow-green celadon glaze. Place of manufacture uncertain, probably from southern China.
Commentary
Compare to:
Celadon mountain-form censer of related attributed to the Eastern Jin period (317-420) excavated in 2012 at Tianlong temple, Yuhai district, Nanjing. See Willow Weilan Hai, ed., Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks from Six Dynasties China, 3rd-6th Centuries (New York: China Institute of America, 2016), cat. 8, p. 227.
(2) Celadon mountain-form censer of different shape and size but with similar hill-form appliques with vertical striations excavated from a Southern Dynasties (420-589) tomb in Chengguan town, Jian’ou, Fujian province, now in the Jian’ou Museum. See Zhongguo chutu ciqi quanji [Complete Collection of Chinese Ceramics Unearthed in China], vol. 11: Fujian (Beijing: Kexue chubanshe, 2008), no. 35.
Publication History

Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, auct. cat., Sotheby's, New York (New York, March 22, 2000), lot 82

Exhibition History

Earthly Delights: 6,000 Years of Asian Ceramics, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 05/21/2022 - 08/14/2022

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