Incense Burner

About this object

History of use

Used in ancestor or veneration ceremonies. The ceremonies were held for deceased ancestors of the father's family (for the deceased eldest sons of the family tree, going back five generations). Food would be prepared and put into the various bowls, candles and incense would be lit. The participating family members would bow down, pour alcohol into small bowls and add them to the offering table. In South Korea sometimes spirit dancers would do some religious dances as part of the ceremony. After the ceremony was over, the family would eat the food.


Used by the family of the donor in South Korea, and then in Canada, as part of their ancestral worship or veneration ceremonies. The objects were passed down through the father's family line.

Physical description

Incense burner on legs (part a) with raised lid (part b). Lid has rectangular cutouts around the top and a knob handle with circular details on the top and on each side. One side of burner has a raised handle. The handle on the other side is broken off (part c). There are circular ridges on the bowl with a wide lip on top.