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Incense burner with openwork design

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Incense burner with openwork design


Artist Nationality
Korean (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
late 19th century

Medium & Support
porcelain with celadon glaze

5 1/8 x 5 3/8 x 5 3/8 in. (13 x 13.5 x 13.5 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Bruce and Inta Hasenkamp and Museum purchase made possible by Elder and Mrs. Sang-Yong Nam

Physical Description
This white porcelain incense burner, featuring an openwork design on the body, is made of fine clay with high-iron content, which has tinged the surface with dark gray. The glaze has been removed from the part covered by the lid, exposing the red body. The foot is entirely glazed; sand spurs were supported in some parts of the foot rim during firing. Cracks formed in the foot and the base during firing. This object has a larger belly and narrower foot than typical traditional white porcelain incense burners.
[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2014) p.202]

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
incense burner

Additional Object Classification(s)
Decorative Arts

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ceramic (material)
incense burners
porcelain (visual works)

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