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Masterpiece

A compass that uses magnetism, one of the main traits of iron, was first invented in China. Compasses, which are generally carried around by people, are closely related to the practices of Feng-Shui. Although the number of compass users has declined over the years, compasses still hold great significance for Feng-Shui specialists and topologists.

History of the Object
Compasses hold spiritual significance in China, and a compass called Sikjeomchunjiban was excavated in one of the Nakrang Tombs in 1 A.D. It was first used in the Joseon Period while its name first appeared in the Chronicles of the Sun Dynasty. This compass, which was made in 2008 by the 110th Intangible Heritage, Kim Jong Dae, is now owned by the Iron Museum.

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Type
Other 
Materials
Iron, wood, magnet 
Measurements
Height 5 cm. Length 15 cm.  
Creator name
Kim Jongdae 
Creator date
1934 - 
Where it was made
Gochang, Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 21th century ~ AD 21th century 
Creation date
21st Century; 2008 
Function
Topology and spiritual use in Feng-Shui. 
Acquisition
Purchased from Kim Jongdae 
Copyright
Iron Museum 
Acknowledgements
Seyun Cultural Foundations, Iron Museum, Korea, 2013. 
Owner
Iron Museum 
Museum
Iron Museum 
Credit line
Kim Jongdae (the 110th important intangible cultural property of Korea) 

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