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Incenser burner and cover

Incenser burner and cover

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    1st century-2nd century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Red earthenware with green lead glaze

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund, the Vallentin Bequest, Sir Percival David and the Universities China Committee

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 1, shelf 2 []

Physical description

Hill censer (boshanlu) with goblet-shaped bowl set in a wide saucer; red earthenware with green lead glaze much perished and encrusted with silvery white iridescence; flat base with "thread-mark". Fitted with a cover (the cover does not belong) of cone-shape moulded and pierced, with a design of hills on which are animals and figures on foot and horseback hunting with bows.

Place of Origin

China (made)


1st century-2nd century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Red earthenware with green lead glaze


Height: 21 cm

Historical context note

The boshanlu is a mountain shaped vessel representing the sacred mountain inhabited by the pantheon of Chinese folklore. The smoke from the incense would envelope the mountain like a kind of supernatural fog.

Descriptive line

Hill censer and cover (the cover does not belong), red earthenware with green lead glaze, China, Eastern Han dynasty, 1st-2nd century AD

Production Note



Earthenware; Lead glaze



Subjects depicted

Hills; Animals; Hunters


Ceramics; Earthenware


East Asia Collection

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