From: China | Jiangxi | Nanchang

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Native Name Boshanlu
Object Number 39-27-1A
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Chinese | Han Dynasty
Provenience China | Jiangxi | Nanchang
Period Han Dynasty
Date Made Han Dynasty
Section Asian
Materials Bronze
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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