About this object

A dehua ware porcelain incense burner in the shape of a male shishi or lion dog, with front right paw resting on a ball. It is sat on a plain pedestal. Additional pieces of porcelain clay have been added to the figure to create a mane, ribbons and headdress.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Household Objects
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Eastern Asia: China: Fujian
  • Date made
    19th Century early
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    1913-03-21 before
  • Measurements
    160 mm x 90 mm x 65 mm; 6 5/16 in x 3 9/16 in x 2 9/16 in
  • Note
    List of Curios No A27: White China Lion resting on pedestal. Used as an incense burner. Made in the province of Kiang-si. It is placed on the altar table in temples and private houses. The china is of third quality and old and so considered better than 1st class china of new quality. It is 70 or 80 years old. Per Maharaja Kumar of Sikkim's Chinese tutor, a Szechuan man, on 21st March, 1913. See Bushell's Chinese Art Vol II P.29. Possibly Ming Fuchien China.
  • Related people
    Charles Alfred Bell ( Collector)

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  • List of Curios

    Bell, Charles Alfred

    Author: Bell, Charles Alfred
    Description: A typed object catalogue from Bell's handwritten notes on a wide variety of objects from his personal collection. This information often contains, the date he obtained an object, its provenance (including where and who he acquired from) and the person responsible for giving him the information. The process of writing the inventory began in December 1912 and continued until the late 1930s.

  • Tibet: Catalogue of Exhibits

    Tankard, Elaine

    Author: Tankard, Elaine
    Publisher: Liverpool Public Museums
    Date: 1953-03
    Description: Introductory essay and catalogue entries, in themes, for the 1953 exhibition; 'Tibet', held at the Walker Art Gallery.

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