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Incense Burner
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Numerous metal incense burners with a deep basin, broad projecting rim, and trumpet-like stand were produced during the Goryeo Dynasty. Such ritual vessels were lavishly decorated with various designs such as grass, flowers, dragons, phoenixes, clouds, lotus blossoms, the pearl of good luck, or arabesques in gold or silver inlay. The censer shown here has four ogee-shape panels, each containing a dragon and a phoenix against a background of flowers, other plants, and ducks. Also this work is valuable in that its inscriptions can be dated. It is designated as Korean National Treasure No. 214.

History of the Object
The elegance of its form and decoration, noted especially for the pictorial quality of its design, is a characteristic also seen in the censers from Pyochung Temple in Miryang and from Tongdo Temple in Yangsan. The side surface of the stand is ornamented with floral scrolls, and an inscription on the base, in the Gichuck year which would mean that burner was made in either 1229 or 1289.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Bronze 
Measurements
H. 38.1 cm, D. 30.0 cm (mouth), 21.6 cm (base) 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 13th century ~ AD 13th century 
Creation date
13th Century; 1229(1289); Goryeo Period 
Function
Buddhist Ceremony 
Acquisition
It is the official position of the Leeum Museum not to publish the provenance of its collection. 
Copyright
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art 
Museum
Leeum Samsung Museum of Art 
Credit line
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art 

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