Monday, May 18, 2009

Incense Burner from Late Shang Dynasty

Here is another beautiful in fine mint condition of the late Shang Dynasty Royal Imperial Court Room Incense Burner.

It consist of two pieces.
1) Cover
2) Container with base

Diameter: 24cm
Height: 36cm
Weight: 2.5 kgs

Color of the bronze: Lighter greenish color.
Design of container: Using flowers design. It is a very rare piece using flowers. Because in most Shang and Zhou dynasties. Mostly these food containers has design of beasts and creatures. It is very rare you will find the design only have flowers.

Close look at the flower design......

DING Food Server Plate from Western Zhou Dynasty

This is called " DING" a food server plate used to serve the Western Zhou Dynasty Royal Imperial Court during their feasting. Serving to the kings and royal family.
Feasting can lasts for 30 days. As a matter of fact, Ancient China people eats alots. It is a gluttony feasting.

It has three handle with a design of ancient dragon. The surface has a design of "Tao-Tie".
If you at the base, there is a hallow ( See a cross sign ) to allow the use of burner to heat up the foods.
Here is a close up of the surface of the server plate. You can notice two design of the " Tao-Tie".
The "Tao-Tie" face mask with the two dragons handle was design as an honor to the Shang kings being treated like "sons of gods" or like "gods".

Here you can see the top base of the plate has written inscription to prove that it was a present to the Western Zhou king made by the official "to the king on the 8th years of his reign as a gift."

This piece of server plate is also a recorded piece from the Shanghai Museum artifact collection series.

Diameter : 22cm
Height: 24cm
Weight: About 1.5Kgs!

Jade & Bronze with Gold Inlaid Wine Container Zhou Dynasty

This is one of rarest Wine Container from Zhou Dynasty.
It was used by the Royal Imperial Court to serve the Zhou Kings and princes.

It consist of three materials.
1) Jade
2) Bronze
3) Gold inlaid over the Bronze

Diameter: About 18cm
Height: 24cm
Weight : Less than 1.0Kg

There are two pieces of Jade with different dragon and tiger design.

1st view surface has a darker green Jade.
2nd view surface has a lighter green Jade.

The whole bronze container is over laid with gold. Notice : the gold at the bottom of the base.

The Wine Container cover is made of 100% white Jade. The side of the mouth of the wine container has a design of two ancient dragons.
Again, you can see the 1st view surface of the Jade design

And the 2nd view surface of the other Jade design.

Top view of the Jade cover. It has a design of ancient dragon.

Side view of the wine container. You can see the gold inlaid.

Food Container - DOU from Shang Dynasty

This a another beautiful fine piece of DOU- A Food Container pot used by the Royal Imperial Court to serve the Shang Kings and royal family.
The DOU container is still very intact with soil unearthed in the early 1990.

The container has a handle design of two ancient chinese tigers. The skin of the tiger is still fine and visible.
The surface of the container has the design of ancient Chinese Pheonixs.

This is a two piece set.
1) Food Container cover
2) Container with stand
Diameter : About 22cm
Height : 32cm
Weight: 2.0 Kgs!

The cover also can be used as another serving plate when over-turn it.
The inside of the food container.

Each side view has design of two ancient pheonix ( birds ).

Smaller Incense Burner from Han Dynasty

This is a smaller scale of Incense Burner used at the Royal Han Imperial Chamber Court Princess room.

This is a two pieces set.
1) Cover
2) Incense pot with Stand base.

Diameter : About 12cm
Height : About 36 cm
Weight: About 1.5Kg

The design of the stand base is a child sitting on a sea-creature. And the creature mouth sprout out the Incense pot .
The Incense pot has design of ancient dragon from Zhou Dynasty.

This is a very unique piece in Han Dynasty Artefacts collection. It is recorded from the Shanghai Museum Piece of Collection series.

Candelabra Incense Burner Zhou Dynasty

A photo of myself taken with the Candelabra Incense Burner from the late Zhou Dynasty period. Used by the Royal Imperial concubine court-room. This is a very rare piece which is not even recorded in the Shanghai Museum Aritifacts Pieces of Collection series. I love this piece at first sight. And took me some months to paid of the installment. This piece was also one of my earliest collection. Because I like Ancient China Incense Burner.

The height is about 72cm. Diameter about: 30cm
Three pieces joint.
1) Cover
2) Burner pot
3) Base stand.
Weight : Around 5Kgs!

Close up of incense cover with various design.

Close up of the incense cover with various design.

Close up of the incense cover.

The incense cover taken from various angle. with different design.

Close up of the cover from different angle.

This is the three pieces joint between the stand base + Incense pot+ Incense cover.
Total height is about 72cm.

This is the joint pieces between the incense pot and the stand. Now the height is about 40cm.

This is the Incense Pot which put the incense ingredents.
The pot has a diameter about 36cm.Height about 10cm.

This is the base stand piece.The base diameter is 22cm. The man height is about 30cm.

Design of the support stand is a design of man with two hands carrying the base of the incense pot.

The clothing worn during the Zhou Dynasty. Design pattern of clothing still very fine and visible.

The stand base is a design of ancient tiger inter-locking to one another. Very fine condition.

Sunday, May 10, 2009


At this moment, I have 18 different types. There may be still some different Sabre yet to discover and yet to be unearthed.My collection is still in-complete. Coin books has to be updated again, because of newer Sabre/knives discovery. Not all museum displayed have 100% of different Sabre/Knives collection. It is immpossible to collect 100% if these was founded by the local people in China. Some numismatist rejected its authentic because it was not a museum pieces. Some claimed it was fake. But for me as a researcher and collector, who cares......I am only interested in collecting something that I found it worthy and unique.
This is the shortest Sabre among the rest. Coined from JIN-State during the Zhou Dynasty-Warring States Period. Theses coins are not fully listed in the earlier ancient coin book.
Here below: I have three different sabre coin.......
(1)This Sabre belong to which state of the Zhou Dynasty- Warring States Period -JIN States. Inscription is not common words found in the bone oracles inscription. However, it was coined during the Zhou Dynasty- during the Warring States -JIN State. The inscription: Still need to further research.

(2) This is another short Sabre from JIN state of Zhou Dynasty-Warring States Period. The first inscription in which the word " Dao" (Sabre/Knife) was written as compare to the Wang Mang inscription of the same word "Dao" was written in another form of "Dao" inscription.
The other inscription still need further research.
(3) This Sabre is one of the rare collection. The inscription is not known. I need to search the Bone Oracle dictionary to track the words. It is from JIN state of Zhou Dynasty during the Warring States Period.

This is the Short pointer Sabre with the inscription " GUAN" which mean : GATE. This Sabre price cost higher because of its uniqueness.
This long sharp pointer Sabre has an inscription written "Du" which mean : Capital/ City

This long sharp pointer Sabre inscription has the same word as the Wang Mang Sabre 5000 Huobu gold-inlaid inscription. The word is: "Dao" meaning KNIFE. This is a rare inscription. Wang Mang Sabre also used the same inscription" Dao" from Zhou Dynasty -Warring States Period although it has passed two dynasties already.

This Sabre inscription has the word : " Shang" meaning : Superior

This is the long Sharp pointer Sabre with the inscription word " GUAN". This " Guan" Sabre price higher than others because of its uniqueness.

This is a very unique ans special Sabre among all. This is a left handed sabre. Most sabre were right handed.

This is one of the series Sabre from Yan & Qi-States of Zhou Dynasty during the Warring States Period.

This flat Sabre has an inscription of " Yue" mean: Moon.

This is the common Sabre with two inscription " Ri" ( SUN/ Day) and "Dao" Meaning : Sabre/Knife.

This is another common Sabre with the inscription " GANG" "DANG"

This is one of the Sabre series from the State of QI- from Zhou Dynasty.