Ribbed Censer


Artist
Chinese (Chinese)
Date
1368-1644
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
: 15 3/4 x 19 x 19 in. (40.01 x 48.26 x 48.26 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
Object Number
2016.57.6.A-C

Label
Many people in China traditionally burned incense in their homes, in religious temples and in some government buildings to perfume the air and to carry wishes and prayers toward heaven. Incense could be burned at any time, but was especially used to celebrate important occasions such as holidays, birthdays and anniversaries. This unusually large bronze vessel would have been partially filled with sand and used to burn incense in a temple or in the reception room of a wealthy household. Its form derives from ancient Chinese ritual bronzes and is also mirrored in the forms of some ceramic vessels from the Song, Yuan and Ming dynasties.
 

Object Type
Metal