Longquan celadon duck-censer
Porcelain with celadon glaze
Ming Dynasty (AD 1364-1644)
Longquan kilns, Zhejiang, South China
Modelled with its neck erect and head tilted to the left. The duck stands on a wave form base with its bulging eyes, wide open beak, detailed with carved feather markings.
Its right wing acting as the cover to a hidden cavity used for burning aromatic incense to be emitted from its open beak and a circular hole under its tail feathers.
The jade like glaze covers the majority of the surface with exceptions of the underside, exposing the burnt brick-orange coloured body.
A similar piece but with gilt-bronze wings is in the British Museum collection, museum number: 1973,0726.319.