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Native Name:
Po Shan Lu
Object Number:
39-27-1A
Current Location:
Collections storage
Culture:
Chinese
Han Dynasty
Provenience:
China
Jiangxi
Nanchang
Period:
Han Dynasty
Date Made:
Han Dynasty
Early Date:
-206
Late Date:
220
Section:
Asian
Materials:
Bronze
Iconography:
Po Shan Lu
Peng Lai
Phoenix
Tortoise
Animals
Description:
Bronze incense burner (Po Shan Lu). A figure of a phoenix standing on the back of a tortoise supports the bowl, the cover(39-27-1B) of which is in the form of a 'hill' with figures of various animals depicted on the ledges, below which are slits to emit the fumes of the incense. This 'hill' design is supposed to represent one of the three Isles of the Blest, P'eng Lai, where existed the drug that prevented death.
Credit Line:
Purchase from Leon F. S. Stark
Other Number:
L-71-1A   -   Other Number

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Halls (1941 - 1966)
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Bibliography:

[Article] Bull, Richard C. 1965. The Metamorphosis of One Collector. Expedition. 7 (3): 38-47. : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 38
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[Article] Jayne, Horace H. F. 1941. The Chinese Collections of The University Museum: A Handbook of the Principal Objects. The University Museum Bulletin. 9 (2-3) : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 46, Fig. 42
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[Article] Jayne, Horace H. F. 1936. Po Shan Lu, Hill Censer. The University Museum Bulletin. 6 (5) : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 25, Plate X
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