Incense burner

Attributed to Hu Wenming Chinese

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 210

Hu Wenming is one of the most renowned metalworkers in Chinese history and one of the few whose name and style are discussed in Chinese art-historical writing. Most of the works attributed to Hu Wenming are objects for the use of scholars, such as incense burners and brush pots. They are characterized by densely worked backgrounds covered with naturalistically rendered flowers and other motifs cast in high relief.

Incense burner, Attributed to Hu Wenming (Chinese, active late 16th–early 17th century), Parcel gilt copper alloy, China

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