Celadon Incense Burner with Girin-Shaped Lid
The pot widens on the outside and is supported by the animal’s three legs. Its body features clouds. In the middle of the lid, a girin with its head turned is carved with lightning engraved on it.
There is a horn on the head of the girin, but it is broken, and the back of its neck is expressed with curvy lines. Its eye is drawn with black ink.
The subdued jade green gloss makes the whole incense burner much more graceful. The smoke from the incense is meant to exude through the girin’s open mouth.
In the 12th century, when celadon pieces were in their heyday, there were a lot of hieroglyphic celadon pieces made in the shape of auspicious animals and plants like this one.
Name: Celadon Incense Burner with Girin-Shaped Lid
Period: Goryeo Period
Location: Seongbuk District, Seoul
Status: National Treasures No. 65
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