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Incense burner (Celadon Hangwan)
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Few pieces are known as celadon incense burners from the early Goryo dynasty. This incense burner is considered to predate those famous inlaid silver bronze ones in the Goryo dynasty. It was probably used in a small shrine of Buddhist temples or court. The greenish jade-like glaze and elegant shape of the pedestaled cup must have been highly appreciated by dedicators.

History of the Object
It was so important to offer flowers or incense to Buddha in a Buddhist temple that flower vases and incense burners of the Goryo dynasty show elaborate workmanship. Buddhism was the official state religion. An incense burner with a basin-shaped body on a high pedestal is called ‘hyangwan’ in Korean. This incense burner which is a sort of hyangwan is decorated with an engraved lotus leaf design and the upper part is shaped like a compound leaf design.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Celadon clay 
Measurements
diameter: 15.7cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 12th century ~ AD 12th century 
Creation date
12th Century; early Goryo dynasty(918~1392) 
Function
Incense burner probably used at a Buddhist temple 
Acquisition
Purchased from Yoon, Hongwon in 2002 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Hanyang University Museum 
Museum
Hanyang University Museum 
Credit line
 

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