Censer (Incense Burner)

Chinese


Censer (Incense Burner), 1700–1799

  • On View

Porcelain

Dimensions: 2 1/4 × 5 in. (5.7 × 12.7 cm)

Gift of Mrs. Thelma C. Foy, 2005.103

This grouping of Qing Dynasty porcelains (1644—1911) features a variety of elegant forms and glaze types, which are further embellished with finely detailed three-dimensional animal forms. Porcelain was invented in China, perhaps as early as the seventh or eighth century. Porcelain objects are fired, or heated, in a kiln at extremely high temperatures until the clay fuses into a dense, hard substance that resembles stone or glass. Porcelain is made from fine white clay and its rich, shiny surface was appealing and considered a luxury item in China.

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