Choson period, late 1800s
Body and rim are densely inlaid with silver in various geometric patterns. There are medallions on two sides with silver-inlaid scenes of a pair of deer and a pair of cranes, both being symbols of longevity. On the adjacent sides are movable pendant handles with fretwork inlay. The interior and base have a blackish oxidation and areas of minor rust. Condition is very good. The silver is all intact. Some lopsidedness is characteristic of this type of work and is a result of the original craftsmanship. Braziers such as this one were used in the man’s quarters of the Korean house, being used for hand-warming, a smoking accessory and for burning incense.
Length: 6 in. (square); Height: 5 in.