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Native NamePo Shan Lu
Object Number: 39-27-1A
Current Location: Collections storage
Han Dynasty
Provenience: China
Period: Han Dynasty
Date Made: Han Dynasty
Early Date: -206
Late Date: 220
Iconography:Po Shan Lu
Peng Lai
Credit Line:Purchased from Leon F. S. Stark, 1939
Other NumberL-71-1A - Other Number


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.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Halls (1941 - 1966)View Objects in Exhibition


[Article] Bull, Richard C. 1965. The Metamorphosis of One Collector. Expedition: The Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. 7 (3): 38-47. : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 38View Objects cited in this Publication
[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. 42View Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] Jayne, Horace H. F. 1936. Po Shan Lu, Hill Censer. The University Museum Bulletin. 6 (5) : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 25, Plate XView Objects cited in this Publication

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