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photograph of current display in the Grand Vestibule

A display highlighting the interaction between the monarchy and the wider world


Incense burner

RCIN 75048

Grand Vestibule, Windsor Castle

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Britain was the first European country to establish formal diplomatic links with Korea. The United Kingdom-Korea Treaty was signed on 26 November 1883, and the first British ambassador to the Korean court was appointed in 1884.

This antique-shaped metal incense burner (or brazier) was one of a pair sent by King Gojong of Korea to Queen Victoria for her Diamond Jubilee 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.