About this object

History of use

Brass serving and eating utensils are commonly used by wealthier people in Korea. Bowls of this type are used in making offerings to ancestors, in which dishes with various foods are set out on a table in front of the cabinet containing the ancestral tablet. Such a ceremony is held at New Year, at the 1st and 2nd anniversaries of a death, and on the 15th day of the 1st and 8th months. Ancestor worship derives from the influence of Confucianism, which was introduced before the 3rd century.

Cultural context

offerings; ceremonial

Physical description

Round brass plate riveted to a 4.8cm. High base shaped like a slightly tapered cylinder, widest (8.6cm.) at the bottom. Plate is slightly concave, with sharply upturned rim. Rather dull patina with some green spots.