Round-bodied pot with 3 legs, 2 decorative, curving, detachable 'handles' and fan-like lattice element at back; decorated overall with organic and geometric designs

Censer, 1723-1735

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Gift of Ruth and Bruce Daytonexpand_more  99.121.1.1a-e

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Standard ritual bronzes cast for the altar comprise five vessels (wu kang), a censer, two candlesticks, and a pair of vases. Early woodblock prints depict these objects formally arranged in a line across the altar table with the censer used as a centerpiece flanked by candlesticks with the vases at the two ends. Ritual bronze vessels like these, made for the imperial palaces and temples, were governed by state regulations under a section titled, "Rules for Making Sacrificial Vessels and Ornaments for Temple Use." The archaistic décor including t'ao-tieh masks and cicada blades against a spiral ground is a revival of a Sung dynasty (960-1279) style which was itself an interpretation of ancient Shang and Chou (16th c.-221 BCE) ritual bronzes. Each vessel of this large and important set bears the six character reign mark of the Yung-cheng emperor (1723-35) and the censer and candlesticks bear the additional characters ching chih (made with reverence).

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Round-bodied pot with 3 legs, 2 decorative, curving, detachable 'handles' and fan-like lattice element at back; decorated overall with organic and geometric designs