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Incense burner (boshanlu)
西漢 青銅 龜鳥托博山爐
Place of Origin: China, probably Shanxi province
Historical Period: Western Han dynasty (206 BCE-9 CE)
Materials: Bronze
Dimensions: H. 10 in x Diam. 6 1/2 in, H. 25.4 cm x Diam. 16.5 cm
Credit Line: The Avery Brundage Collection
Department: Chinese Art
Collection: Metal Arts
Object Number: B60B969.a-.b
On Display: No

Description

Label: Han dynasty incense burners are often shaped like mountains with magical animals nestled among the peaks. This example represents an immortal paradise. A magical mountain issues from the mouth of a bird standing on a tortoise's shell. Smoke emerging from the openings in this burner resembles clouds of cosmic energy, or qi, associated with mountains and the natural world.

More Information

Exhibition History: "The Art of the Han", China House Gallery, 3/14/1979 - 5/27/1979.

"Gems of Chinese Art: From the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, The Avery Brundage Collection", Hong Kong Museum of Art, 5/17/1983-8/7/1983.

"Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past", May 18 - September 2, 2012.
Label: Han dynasty incense burners are often shaped like mountains with magical animals nestled among the peaks. This example represents an immortal paradise. A magical mountain issues from the mouth of a bird standing on a tortoise's shell. Smoke emerging from the openings in this burner resembles clouds of cosmic energy, or qi, associated with mountains and the natural world.
Exhibition History: "The Art of the Han", China House Gallery, 3/14/1979 - 5/27/1979.

"Gems of Chinese Art: From the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, The Avery Brundage Collection", Hong Kong Museum of Art, 5/17/1983-8/7/1983.

"Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past", May 18 - September 2, 2012.