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Incense burner with dragons and phoenix
西漢 青銅 龍鳳呈祥博山爐
Place of Origin: China
Historical Period: Western Han dynasty (206 BCE-9 CE)
Object Name: boshanlu
Materials: Bronze
Dimensions: H. 10 3/4 in x Diam. 9 in, H. 27.3 cm x W. 22.9 cm
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: Chinese Art
Collection: Metal Arts
Object Number: B60B131
On Display: No

Description

Label: Auspicious symbols such as dragons, beasts, and spiritual beings appear on this incense burner, which takes the form of two mountains. A legendary figure stands between the two mountains and a phoenix dwells at the uppermost peak. When the incense burner is in use, smoke wafts through small openings in the burner, creating the effect of circulating clouds.

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Exhibition History: "Ancestral Dwellings: Furnishing the Han Tomb", Asian Art Museum, 3/7/1987 - 7/12/1987
"Sacred Mountains in Chinese Art", Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois (11/9/1990-12/16/1990), Metropolitan Museum of Art (1/25/1991-3/31/1991)
"Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past", May 18 - September 2, 2012
Label: Auspicious symbols such as dragons, beasts, and spiritual beings appear on this incense burner, which takes the form of two mountains. A legendary figure stands between the two mountains and a phoenix dwells at the uppermost peak. When the incense burner is in use, smoke wafts through small openings in the burner, creating the effect of circulating clouds.
Exhibition History: "Ancestral Dwellings: Furnishing the Han Tomb", Asian Art Museum, 3/7/1987 - 7/12/1987
"Sacred Mountains in Chinese Art", Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois (11/9/1990-12/16/1990), Metropolitan Museum of Art (1/25/1991-3/31/1991)
"Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past", May 18 - September 2, 2012