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Incense burner celadon with openwork design
SN19
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This incense burner not only represents the best quality of Goryeo Celadon but it is also loved internationally. It comprises a cover with a hole to allow the incense to emit, a burner, and a support. On top, there is a curved knob with a seven treasure design incised, so that incense can be spread wide. Composed of various shapes according to function and with various techniques such as incising, relief, inlaying and so on, this incense burner is a perfect and beautiful work of art.

History of the Object
It was made in the 12th century, Goryeo period.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
celadon 
Measurements
diameter 11.5cm 
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; Goryeo 
Function
incense burner 
Acquisition
This object was found in a Goryeo tomb in Gaesong, Gyeonggi-do in 1912 and was purchased by the Royal Yi family. The ownership was transferred to the National Museum of Korea in 1969. 
Copyright
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF KOREA 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Korean Government 
Museum
National Museum of Korea 
Credit line
 

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