An image of Tripod censer

Jingdezhen ware

(China  – )

Tripod censer

Other titles:
Tripod censer ('ding')
Location
Not on display
Further information

This incense burner is decorated with two five-clawed dragons frolicking with a flaming pearl amongst clouds and flames, beneath a narrow scroll border and above a wave base. The three legs bear animal faces above beast claws. The design is based on a legend of the dragon having nine sons which emerged in the Ming dynasty. One of the nine sons is named Suanni who resembles a lion and enjoys smoke, and thus appears often as a motif on incense burners.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012

Place of origin
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, China
Period
China: Ming dynasty 1368–1644, Wanli 1573–1619
Year
early 17th century
Media
Ceramic
Medium
porcelain with underglaze blue decoration
Dimensions
11.0 x 8.7 cm
Credit
Gift from the J.H. Myrtle Collection 2000
Accession number
133.2000