A pierced jade censer and cover

Pierced jade censer


18th century
Diameter: 6 3/4 in, 17.1 cm

of circular section, the vessel is supported on a broad foot ring and has rounded sides, a constricted shoulder and a flange rim. The domed cover is surmounted by a knop in the form of raised bands of lotus leaves. The sides of the censer and of the cover are each pierced with a frieze of scrolling lotus and the Eight Buddhist Emblems, the flange is pierced with a frieze of scrolling lotus, and the shoulder is worked in low relief with a rope design. The stone is a greyish-green tone with brown and oatmeal markings.

A related example is illustrated in The Cream of China’s Ancient Jade Article (Shijiazhuang, 1995), no. 178.