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A rare boxwood (huangyangmu) incense tool vase

A rare boxwood (huangyangmu) incense tool vase

1012-111

17th–18th century
Height: 3 7/8 in, 9.9 cm

After an archaic bronze hu. The square-section vessel has a spreading foot and rounded sides rising to a waisted neck, carved with two monster-mask handles suspending fixed rings, and terminating in an upright mouth. The wood bears a natural mellow patina.

Formerly in a Western private collection.

This rare vase takes its inspiration from a Han bronze original: see, for example, Laufer, Chinese Pottery of the Han Dynasty, fig. 35, p. 141, a line drawing.

A similar example in jade is illustrated in Xue, Zhongguo Yuqi Shangjian, no. 634, p. 327.