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*SOLD* 18. A RARE WUCAI INCENSE BURNER, HIIRE, MING DYNASTY, TIANQI PERIOD (1621-1627)

明天啟 五彩周敦頤香爐

The tapering cylindrical sides rising from a spreading foot to a straight rim, painted to the sides with two panels of figures in gardens and fishing in river landscapes and two with Zhou Dunyi admiring lotus, with a recessed unglazed base, pierced metal cover, Japanese wood box

Height: 8.4cm high 

Provenance: Purchased in Tokyo, 2014; Mujintang Collection. 

This well potted incense burner is unusual in that it has alternating panels of predominantly underglaze-blue, alternating with panels that are exclusively painted in overglaze enamels. There are four narrative scenes depicted on this hiire, two with Zhou Dunyi admiring a lotus; another of King Wen of Zhou seeking the advice of the scholar Jiang Ziya, later known as ‘Taigong Wang’; and another depicting the legendary Jiang Ziya retiring as a recluse to spend most of his time fishing after his disappointment with the reign of the Shang dynasty.

 

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