Lung-ch'uan ware, censer in the shape of a bronze li-vessel
Sung dynasty (A.D. 960-1279)
Height: 10.8 cm Depth: 5.8 cm Mouth dia.: 13.5 cm Girth: 45.8 cm
Among Chinese porcelains, Lung-ch'uan ware was exported to tire West in the greatest numbers and has become famous throughout the world under the name of "celadon."
This vessel's shape imitates that of a il, an ancient bronze-vessel type; it displays beautiful flowing lines, and the thick, brilliant glaze gives it the appearance of lustrous green jade.
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