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Incense burner belonging to altar set

Incense burner belonging to altar set


This incense burner and the two candlesticks (N4676 and N4677) are part of a set for use on a Buddhist altar. They were made during the reign of the Qianlong emperor (pronounced chen-lung), probably in the palace glass workshops. The Qianlong emperor was a follower and strong supporter of Tibetan Buddhism, as were members of his court, and vessels like these would have been in high demand in the palace. Originally the set would have included a pair of flower vases.

Glass, carved overlay
Height: 21.8 cm, diameter: 19.8 cm, neck diameter: 11.5 cm
Four-character mark of the Qianlong reign period (1736-1795)

Chinese Description:

香炉与烛台一对 中国,清乾隆朝 (1736-1795) 这组祭器除了陈列的三件器皿外,原应包括一对花瓶。它们大抵出于乾隆朝的宫廷造办处。 刻有「乾隆年制」四字 玻璃,套料浮雕

Creator: Unknown

Date: Qianlong reign period (1736-1795)

Copyright: Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives

Object ID:N4675

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