VIRTUAL COLLECTION OF ASIAN MASTERPIECES

Add to Favorites

Add to Favorites
Your web browser does not support
Add to Favorites.

Please add the site using your bookmark menu.
The function is available only on Internet Explorer
search a masterpiece

Celadon Incense Burner with Lion-shaped Cover
SN42
Download print email facebook twitter me2day

Why this is a
Masterpiece

This vessel with a lion-shaped cover was presumably used to burn incense on a Buddhist altar. In Buddhism, the lion is an animal that protects the Dharma and as such often appears on pagodas, stone lanterns, and Buddhist ritual implements. This particular vessel is noted for being very much like the one described in Illustrated Records of the Chinese Embassy to the Goryeo Court during the Xuanhe Era, written by Xu Jing, a Song Dynasty envoy who stayed in Goryeo for a month in 1123 and introduced the Goryeo's society and culture to the Song. The description runs as follows: " The lion-shaped incense burner has a beautiful jade-green color (bisaek). The figure of an animal is crouching down on the lid, supported by a lotus flower. This is the most exquisite of many varied vessels…." Though not exactly like the one seen by Xu Jing, this incense burner is valuable as an example of the varied celadon vessels of the first half of the 12th century. It is designated as Korean National TreasureNo. 60.

History of the Object
Incense burners were generally made of metal, but with advances in ceramic production technology some celadon versions were also made. Thanks to the ability of clay to be formed into any shape, celadon incense burners featured varied sculpture ornaments and designs. Those with lids were usually topped with animal figures, real life ones such as lions and ducks, or imaginary beasts such as kylins and dragons.

Map Of Museums

See the Google map
Type
Ceramics 
Materials
Celadon 
Measurements
Diameter 16.3 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; Goryeo Period 
Function
Buddhist ritual 
Acquisition
Excavated in Gaeseong and transferred from the Gaeseong Provincial Museum to the National Museum of Korea in 1951 
Copyright
National Museum of Korea 
Acknowledgements
- National Museum of Korea, National Museum of Korea Digital Museum 2.0, Seoul: Cultural Foundation of National Museum of Korea, 2007 -Xu, Jing, Gaoli tujing, Translated by Korean Classics Research Institute, Edited by Dongyoung Jo, Paju: Booksea Publishing, 2005 -National Museum of Korea, The Royal Ceramics of Goryeo Dynasty, Seoul: National Museum of Korea, 2008 -National Museum of Korea, Korean Museum 100 Years in Remembrance, Seoul: National Museum of Korea, 2009 
Owner
National Museum of Korea 
Museum
National Museum of Korea 
Credit line
National Museum of Korea 

Other
Masterpieces

SEE ALL MASTERPIECES
OF THIS MUSEUM

Show original language

This is your
favorite
Masterpiece ?

Add  your reaction  now !

BACK TO LIST

Thank you

Thank you for your reaction!
Your reaction has been sent successfully. OK
팝업창 닫기

E-mail to a Friend now!

E-mail to a Friend now!

Thank you

Mail has been sent successfully. OK
팝업창 닫기