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Set of altar vessels

Set of altar vessels

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    1760-1820 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Nephrite jade with cloisonne stands

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of Mrs Emma Joseph

  • Museum number:

    A.2 to 6-1942

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This five-piece altar set was known as 'wugong' and was widely used in both Buddhist and Daoist temples in imperial China. A 'wugong' can be made of other materials, such as porcelain or bronze. However, a jade' wugong' was far more labour-intensive and indicated that its owner was an affluent person.

Physical description

Set of altar vessels (wugong) comprising two candlesticks, two vases and an incense burner with lid, all five vessels equipped with cloisonne stands.

Place of Origin

China (made)

Date

1760-1820 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Nephrite jade with cloisonne stands

Dimensions

Height: 33.8 cm candlestick, Height: 26.2 cm vase, Height: 25 cm incense burner

Descriptive line

Scu, China, carving, jade

Scu, China, carving, jade

Scu, China, carving, jade

Scu, China, carving, jade

Scu, China, carving, jade

Scu, China, carving, jade

Scu, China, carving, jade

Scu, China, carving, jade

Scu, China, carving, jade

Scu, China, carving, jade

Scu, China, carving, jade

Materials

Jade

Techniques

Cloisonne

Categories

Ceremonial objects

Collection

East Asia Collection

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