d. 15 厘米
A Large Statile Openwork Censor
d. 15 cm
Chinese Porcelain Company, New York, before 1990
Lam’s Gallery, Hong Kong
Openwork censor like this dates back to the warring state period. Such shape re-emerged in Sui Dynasty in the form of white porcelain wares, and in Tang Dynasty in the form of Sancai wares. However, it is very rare for openwork censor to be made from stone carvings.
Such object is said to be hand warmer, or censor used specially for perfuming clothes. According to Sui Dynasty figures, such items are held by court ladies with both hands in front of the chest, normally with a group of other court ladies holding other items such as musical instruments.