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Incense stick holder

Incense stick holder

  • Place of origin:

    Dehua (made)

  • Date:

    1675-1725 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain with clear glaze

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 8

This incense holder was made in the kilns of Dehua in southern China during the reign period of the emperor Kangxi (1662-1722). Dehua kilns were specialised in the production of porcelain objects with no painted decoration, also known in Europe as 'blanc de Chine'. Generally made in moulds, the most popular types included animal figurines, such as the lion or 'dog of Fo', religious and mythological figures, and small cups with applied decoration.

Dehua export pieces were particularly popular between the end of the 17th century and the first half of the 18th century in Europe, where they decorated the residences of aristocrats and wealthy people. One of the most important European collections of Chinese porcelain belonged to Augustus the Strong of Saxony (d. 1733), who owned over twenty thousand pieces, displayed in grand halls.

Physical description

Porcelain incense stick holder with clear glaze, one of a pair. It is in the form of a lion sitting on its haunches, the left front paw rests on a ball, on an oblong base. A receptacle at the side for holding incense stick.

Place of Origin

Dehua (made)


1675-1725 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain with clear glaze


Height: 13.34 cm

Object history note

One of a pair of incense stick holders [704 to 704A-1883]. Bought at 7s. for the pair.

Descriptive line

Incense stick holder, porcelain with clear glaze, Dehua ware, China, Qing dynasty, 1675-1725

Labels and date

Guardian lion (‘Dog of Fo’) incense
China, Dehua, 1675–1725
Museum no. 704A-1883 [September 2009]




Glazed; Moulded

Subjects depicted



Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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