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Incense burner


Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)

Not on view

Burning incense is 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. The bronze casting of this piece combined with its delicate form show the skillfulness that Goryeo artisans achieved in metalwork, as they also had done in ceramics and mother-of-pearl lacquerware.

On view from August 6, 2022–October 15, 2023

Incense burner, Bronze, Korea

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Photograph courtesy the National Museum of Korea