From: China | Jiangxi | Nanchang
Curatorial Section: Asian
|Current Location||Collections Storage|
|Culture||Chinese | Han Dynasty|
|Provenience||China | Jiangxi | Nanchang|
|Date Made||Han Dynasty|
|Iconography||Boshanlu | Penglai | Phoenix | Tortoise | Animals|
Bronze incense burner, boshanlu (博山爐). 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, Penglai, where existed the drug that prevented death.
|Credit Line||Purchased from Leon F. S. Stark, 1939|
|Other Number||L-71-1A - Other Number|
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