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Native NameBoshanlu
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:Boshanlu
Penglai
Phoenix
Tortoise
Animals
Credit Line:Purchased from Leon F. S. Stark, 1939
Other NumberL-71-1A - Other Number

Description

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.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Chinese Halls (1941 - 1966)View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[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. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 38View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[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) Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 46, Fig. 42View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Jayne, Horace H. F. 1936. Po Shan Lu, Hill Censer. The University Museum Bulletin. 6 (5) Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 25, Plate XView Objects related to this Actual Citation

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