Purchased with the assistance of The Art Fund, the Vallentin Bequest, Sir Percival David and the Universities China Committee
1st century-2nd century (made)
Hill censer and cover (the cover does not belong), red earthenware with green lead glaze, China, Eastern Han dynasty, 1st-2nd century AD
Height: 21 cm
Ceramics Study Galleries, Asia & Europe, room 137
The boshanlu is a mountain shaped vessel representing the sacred mountain inhabited by the pantheon of Chinese folklore. The smoke from the incense would envelope the mountain like a kind of supernatural fog.
Hill censer (boshanlu) with goblet-shaped bowl set in a wide saucer; red earthenware with green lead glaze much perished and encrusted with silvery white iridescence; flat base with "thread-mark". Fitted with a cover (the cover does not belong) of cone-shape moulded and pierced, with a design of hills on which are animals and figures on foot and horseback hunting with bows.