Incense Burner

1200-1300 (made)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
China, Room 44, The T.T. Tsui Gallery
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Bronze vessels for secular use, rather than for ritual use, made their appearance in the 11th century in China. This incense burner is shaped like a goose. It was probably much treasured by its owner so was buried with him when he died.


object details
Category
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 2 parts.

  • Incense Burner
  • Lid
Materials and Techniques
Bronze, cast
Brief Description
Bronze incense burner in the shape of a goose, China, ca. 1200-1300
Physical Description
Incense burner shaped like a goose, cast in bronze.

In form of a goose, the neck and beak serving as a spout, the surface covered with a red and green patina, in the back is the lid. Anterior to 3rd century B.C. This, or a similar specimen, was in the collection of the Emperor Qianlong in the 18th century.
Dimensions
  • Length: 47cm
Gallery Label
Incense burner Southern Song-Yuan dynasty 1200-1300 This incense burner is shaped like a goose. Cast bronze Museum no. 164-1876(2007)
Summary
Bronze vessels for secular use, rather than for ritual use, made their appearance in the 11th century in China. This incense burner is shaped like a goose. It was probably much treasured by its owner so was buried with him when he died.
Collection
Accession Number
164:1,2-1876

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record createdApril 3, 2008
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