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Covered Tripod Cylindrical Vessel

Chinese

Artwork Details

Covered Tripod Cylindrical Vessel
25 CE-220 CE
Chinese
earthenware with lead glaze
11 5/16 in x 9 3/16 in (28.8 cm x 23.3 cm);11 5/8 in x 9 15/16 in x 9 9/16 in (29.5 cm x 25.2 cm x 24.3 cm);4 5/8 in x 9 1/4 in x 9 1/4 in (11.8 cm x 23.5 cm x 23.5 cm);7 1/2 in x 9 15/16 in x 9 9/16 in (19 cm x 25.2 cm x 24.3 cm)
Gift of Domino's Pizza, Inc.
1993/1.56.1-2

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Description

Subject Matter:

This red earthenware lian (奁) or hill-shaped incense burning vessel has molded designs of Central Asian lions and beasts running through a mountainous landscape. It is similar to examples casted in bronze from the Zhou through Tang dynasties. Burning incense was a common practice during the Han dynasty to expel evil spirits.  

Physical Description:

This cylindrical, red earthenware vessel rests on three zoomorphic feet. It is molded in low relief with hills and running animals. Opposing monster masks hold rings as faux handles. The vessel has a high, pointed dome cover moulded with animals running though mountains and clouds. It is covered in a lead green glaze with iridescence and calcification.

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