low, wide foot with flaring body and slightly inverted wide mouth; pair of dragon-shaped handles; dragons and fantastic animals carved on body; chased floral design on foot; gilt highlights on carving

Censer, c. 1600-1610

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Gift of Ruth and Bruce Daytonexpand_more  2001.138.4

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Reflecting the scholarly taste for antiquity, this gilded bronze censer is made in vague imitation of a Bronze Age ritual vessel known as gui. It is cast and carved in relief, displaying a wave pattern in the main body, with eight mythological ocean animals, including sea horse, lion, elephant, and dragon, all accented in gilt. The center of the base is inset with a large, rectangular cartouche containing a six-character seal-script mark, which reads, “Made by Zhu Zhenmimg of Yunjian.” Yunjian is present-day Songjiang near Shanghai, also the hometown of metalwork master Hu Wenming, who created the vase in the shape of a bronze zhi nearby. Zhu worked in Hu’s workshop, where he completely assimilated the master’s style and then became an independent artisan producing bronze objects that appealed to scholars’ tastes.

Details
Title
Censer
Artist Life
active around 1600
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2001.138.4
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low, wide foot with flaring body and slightly inverted wide mouth; pair of dragon-shaped handles; dragons and fantastic animals carved on body; chased floral design on foot; gilt highlights on carving