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Tripod Censer

Asian Art

On View: Great Hall, Center, 1st floor
MEDIUM Cloisonné and champlevé enamel
  • Place Made: China
  • DATES late 18th century
    DYNASTY Qing Dynasty
    PERIOD Qianlong Period
    DIMENSIONS 42 × 34 × 27 in., 84 lb. (106.7 × 86.4 × 68.6 cm, 38.1kg)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Asian Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Great Hall, Center, 1st floor
    EXHIBITIONS
    ACCESSION NUMBER 09.933.1
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Samuel P. Avery
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Tripod Censer, late 18th century. Cloisonné and champlevé enamel, 42 × 34 × 27 in., 84 lb. (106.7 × 86.4 × 68.6 cm, 38.1kg). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Samuel P. Avery, 09.933.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 09.933.1_PS2.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 09.933.1_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Hsiang-lu (Ding) Large Tripod Censer. Octagonal shape; with archaic scepter-shaped handles, showing fungi-formed "ju-i" head panels, on which appear "shou" marks (signifying longevity), encircled by five small bats or "wu-fu" (the superlative of as many blessings); executed alternately in champleve enamel and gilt bronze. The bulbous body stands on three legs, whose upper ends are crowned by similar panels, and is decorated in bright enamels on turquoise-blue ground, with conventional arabesques and lotuses. These are divided into panels by deep lapis-blue bordering in archaic angular design. The enamel cover, with circular "shou" emblems in gilt bronze open-work, is surmounted by a gilt bronze finial with champleve enamel arabesques.
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