SQUARE INCENSE BURNER

 Celadon with impressed mythical animal design
Accession No.00134
CollectionThe ATAKA Collection
Cultural propertyImportant Art Object
Date 1Goryeo dynasty
Date 21st Half of 12th Century
PhotographKAZUYOSHI MIYOSHI
DescriptionThis piece imitates the form of one of the ancient Chinese bronze vessels ding. The surface bears an impressed key fret decoration also found on bronze vessels. While the color of the glaze is outstanding and the patterns of the decoration and overall form are finely executed, the height of the four legs are uneven and warped. Shards of a similar piece have been excavated from the second stratum of site No.10 of Youngun-ri and kiln site No.7 of Sadang-ri in Kangjin-gun, Chunranam-do. Shards were also found at the site of Wonsando, Boryeong-si, Chungcheongnam-do, in which the ware was probably used. A square incense burner with a taotie mask design was discovered from the site of Shurasan, Fukuoka-shi, Japan, indicating that such wares were introduced to Japan no later than the 12th century.

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