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Incense burner

Incense burner

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    1662-1722 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    China, Room 44, The T.T. Tsui Gallery, case 57 []

Physical description

Porcelain incense burner, bombe form, painted in famille verte enamels and gilt with two scenes, one showing the God of longevity seated on a stag with ju-i and a boy attendant, receiving homage of the Eight Immortals; the other with the Seven Worthies of the Bamboo Grove. Matched with a contemporary stand and cover of wood carved in openwork.

Place of Origin

China (made)


1662-1722 (made)




Height: 29.2 cm, Diameter: 24.8 cm

Object history note

The Seven Worthies of the Bamboo Grove is a literary and convivial club which flourished about 275 A.D.

Descriptive line

Incense burner, porcelain painted in famille verte enamels and gilt, China, Qing dynasty, Kangxi reign period, 1662-1722

Labels and date

Incense burner
Kangxi reign period

The Eight Immortals, here gathering around Shou Lao, can be recognised by their attributes: fan, sword and fly-whisk, gourd and crutch, flute, flower basket, fish drum, lotus and a pair of beaters.

Porcelain painted in coloured enamels
Jingdezhen kilns, south China

Museum no. Circ.326-1931 [2009]


East Asia Collection

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