Incense Burner (Boshan Lu)


200–100 BCE
Diameter: 9.9 cm (3 7/8 in.); Overall: 18.4 cm (7 1/4 in.); Lid: 7.8 x 9.1 cm (3 1/16 x 3 9/16 in.); Container: 11.3 cm (4 7/16 in.)
Location: not on view
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Deities (appearing as hunters) and fantastic beasts roam freely among mists and clouds on this incense burner.


The conical cover of this incense burner represents a miniature mountain with hunting scenes. The cover was shrouded in mist and emanated intoxicating smoke through its openwork when fragrant woods and herbs were burnt in its stem cup, transporting its beholder into an imaginative realm.
Incense Burner (Boshan Lu)

Incense Burner (Boshan Lu)

200–100 BCE

China, Western Han dynasty (206 BCE–8 CE)

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