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Incense burner


Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)

Not on view

Burning incense was an essential part of Buddhist rituals. Most surviving Goryeo-period censers take the shape of a deep bowl on a fluted base; this vessel also has three legs and an ornate top. Metalworking—including bronze casting, as in this piece—was a highly sophisticated art during this period. Given the long-established centrality of Buddhism on the Korean peninsula by this time, it is no surprise that Buddhist objects form the core of extant Goryeo metalwork.

Incense burner, Bronze, Korea

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Photograph courtesy the National Museum of Korea