MING DYNASTY 1368 – 1644 Chinese Bronze

A Ming Bronze Incense Stick Holder or Brushpot, Late 15th or 16th Century. The Cylindrical Bronze Form with High-Relief Decoration and Two Dragon Handles, the Base Supported by Three Legs. The Open-Work Sides Depict Immortals Holding their Attribute Interspersed with Panels of Scrolling Flowering Lotus, all of Which is in High Relief. The Lower Registrar is Shallowly Cast with Swirling Water.

This vase would have originally had an interagal stand which is now missing. The patina of this Ming bronze is rather matt, it is not very clean and is dry in the unexposed areas.
Height : 15.3 cm (6 inches)
Stock number
For a very similar inscribed Ming bronze container with it`s base see `Sold Items` stock number 19585. For another related Ming bronze vessel with integral stand see 18936. For a Ming ceramic example of this form with a comparison in bronze, described as a brushpot, see : Catalogue of Late Yuan and Ming Ceramic in the British Museum.(Jessica Harrison-Hall.The British Museum Press, 2001. ISBN 0-7141-1488-X.) page 417 item 13:19.



The Eight Immortals :
The Eight Immortals are a group of legendary Xian, immortals or transcendents in Chinese mythology. Each Immortals power can be transferred to a power tool that can give life or destroy evil. Together, these eight tools are called `Covert Eight Immortals`. Most of them are said to have been born in the Tang Dynasty or Song Dynasty. They are revered by the Taoists, and are also a popular element in the secular Chinese culture. They are said to live on Penglai Mountain-Island. The Immortals are : Immortal Woman He (He Xiangu),Royal Uncle Cao (Cao Guojiu),Iron-Crutch Li (LiTieguai),Lan Caihe,Lü Dongbin, (leader)Philosopher Han Xiang (Han Xiang Zi),Elder Zhang Guo(Zhang Guo Lao),and Zhongli Quan.