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Grand Vestibule: The British Monarchy and the World

The Grand Vestibule at Windsor Castle reflects interaction between the monarchy and the wider world


Incense burner

RCIN 75048

Incense burner of rectangular silvered bronze with a slightly domed cover with pierced foliate design and a round finial. The body is stepped inwards near the top with two handles; then bombe shape to rectangular bracket shaped base with four feet. The sides are etched with foliate design and key pattern.

This antique-shaped metal incense burner (or brazier) was one of a pair sent by King Gojong of Korea to Queen Victoria as a Diamond Jubilee gift in 1897. Traditionally, such portable braziers were used for heating rooms, cooking, boiling water for brewing tea and to heat irons. Each side of the burner is decorated with bats, characters and leaves. The lid has a lotus-shaped knob and features openwork of a flower and bird design.

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