Green Jade Fang Ding Censer

  • This tetrapod fang ding is crafted from an extraordinary specimen of jade
  • The vessel displays flawless engraving and a highly desirable archaistic design
  • The ritualistic fang ding, or incense burner, was typically used during religious ceremonies
  • The delicately carved vessel exemplifies the magnificence of Chinese jade artistry
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Item No. 30-3440

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This archaistic tetrapod fang ding is a dramatic and rare example of the Chinese art of jade. Delicately carved from jade with elaborate designs in bas and high relief, the present piece is a wonderful example of an truly ancient form. Standing on four curving legs, the fang dig is surmounted by a pair of upright loop handles and rest atop a beautifully carved wooden stand. 

Meaning “square tripod,” the ritualistic fang ding can be found throughout ancient Chinese history, with bronze forms dating to the Shang Dynasty, one of China’s earliest dynasties (1600 – 1046 B.C). Associated with ancient shamanism, the ding typically held food or wine offerings during religious ceremonies. Because they were typically buried with their owners for use in the afterlife (mingqi), many fang ding have been recovered from royal tombs, the largest of which weighed over 240 pounds.

The use of this ancient fang ding form in the present piece reflects the Qing Dynasty interest in the archaic forms of their ancestors. Likely utilized as a censer, or incense burner, this extraordinary jade piece is a remarkable treasure.

Circa 19th century

6 1/2” high x 5 1/2” wide x 4 1/2” deep
Green Jade Fang Ding Censer
Period: 19th Century
Origin: China
Type: Vases/Vessels
Depth: 4.5 Inches
Width: 5.5 Inches
Height: 6.5 Inches

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