Incense Burner, NT 287
Baekje, 6th century
Gilt bronze. 64 cm (2'), 11.8 kg (26 lbs)
Buyeo National Museum, Buyeo, Korea
This superb large incense burner was discovered at the site of a temple near the Baekje royal tombs on Neungsan (Neung Mountain). Its lid is decorated with a phoenix knob above a mountain range with immortals, horsemen, musicians, birds, fishes, deer, monkeys, tigers, and other animals. The body of the vessel is a lotus that is supported by a dragon stem.
The burner's overall form and decoration reflect Chinese examples from the Han through the Liang dynasties; this is the only example - although it is exceptionally fine - that has so far been found in Korea.