Tripod censer

This vessel with raised ribs and incised ridges resembles the joins of a bamboo stem while the tripod legs have the knobbed appearance of sprouting roots. While earlier whiteware ribbed censers such as Ding wares of the Song dynasty (960-1279 CE) have been cited as possible prototypes for this form, bronze censers of even greater stylistic similarity were made during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. These included almost identical forms with incised ribs and bamboo style legs (also in bamboo twig forms).Dehua, located on the southeast coast of Fujian province, is well known for its production of white porcelain, known to Europeans as 'blanc de Chine'. The earliest Dehua porcelain was produced as early as the 14th century but the production and quality of these porcelain peaked around the 17th and 18th centuries.