Kuan ware, square incense burner

Sung dynasty (A.D. 960 1279)
Height: 10.8 cm Depth: 7.8 cm Length of side: 14.8 cm

Round pottery and porcelain forms are more easily produced than square ones, as the slightly con-cave, inward-inclining walls of this incense burner attest. The inner walls and bottom of this vessel exhibit marks left by the spurs used to support the piece during firing. On the underside of the vessel is a poem of 90 characters inscribed during the Ch'ing dynasty by the Ch'ien-lung emperor. Tire Museum has 34 pieces of Kuan ware in its collection, all of the very finest workmanship.

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