Sancai glazed pottery tripod-censer
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- Tang Dynasty, 618 - 907 AD
- Sancai glazed pottery
- 12.8 cm
- 18 cm
G.M. Greenwald, The Greenwald Collection, Two Thousand Years of Chinese Ceramics, 1996, cat. no. 13.
H. Li, Chinese Ceramics: A New Comprehensive Survey, New York 1996, p. 100, 101, cat. no. 185.
J.P. Desroches, Compagnons d'éternité, Parijs 1996, p. 211.
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The somewhat compressed globular body is raised on three amber and green-glazed paw supports with an ochre glazed rim. The base of the censer is unglazed. Tri-colored glazed pottery of the Tang Dynasty is well-known for its beautiful glaze and shape. They are based on glaze of brown, yellow and blue, with white, reddish brown and light yellow. The different kinds of colors blend with each other, forming a beautiful palet, when the pottery is fired in kilns up to 900℃. The pottery manifests an artistic combination of artificial and natural work. It was mainly used as articles buried with the dead in the graves, and it ranges from human figures, animals, utensils and architecture to tiles.
Similar censers are illustrated in: The Greenwald Collection, Two Thousand Years of Chinese Ceramics, 1996, no. 13. He Li, Chinese Ceramics, A New Comprehensive Survey, New York, 1996, pp. 100-101, no. 185, for a brown-glazed example; J.P. Desroches, Compagnons d’éternité, Paris, 1996, p. 211, for a pale-green-glazed version.