Incense holder with scholars in a landscape

Artist: Zhu Sansong (active ca. 1573–1619)

Period: Ming dynasty (1368–1644)

Date: late 16th–early 17th century

Culture: China

Medium: Bamboo

Dimensions: Overall (including new wooden ends) H. 7 in. (17.8 cm)

Classification: Bamboo

Credit Line: Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 1995

Accession Number: 1995.271


The ubiquitous motif of scholars enjoying a remote landscape is elegantly carved on the surface of this incense holder. The openwork decoration facilitates the release of fragrance from incense sticks burning inside.