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Stone Coffin for Heo Jae
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Inside the coffin, the four sides are inscribed with an epitaph outlining Heo's career, major achievements, and family details. The exterior of the coffin is engraved with pictures of the four guardian deities - black tortoise, white tiger, red phoenix and blue dragon - and the twelve zodiacal animals, expressing wishes for the Gods to look over the soul of the dead.

History of the Object
This is the stone coffin of Heo Jae, a scholar-official of the mid-Goryeo Dynasty. Heo rendered great service to the state during the invasion of the Jurchen tribes, and through his connection to the powerful politician Yi Ja-gyeom he rose to the position of jaesang (Minister of State). After Yi's fall, however, Heo's official career went through many ups and downs.

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Type
Inscription stones 
Materials
Stone 
Measurements
Width 44 cm. Height 37 cm. Length 82 cm.  
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; 1144 (22nd year of King Injong) ; Goryeo Period 
Function
Coffin 
Acquisition
Relocated from Changdeokgung Palace 
Copyright
National Museum of Korea 
Acknowledgements
-National Museum of Korea, National Museum of Korea Digital Museum 2.0, Cultural Foundation of National Museum of Korea, Seoul, 2007. -National Museum of Korea, National Museum of Korea 100 Highlights, and graphics, Seoul, 2006. 
Owner
National Museum of Korea 
Museum
National Museum of Korea 
Credit line
National Museum of Korea 

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