Spirit House

Spirit House

철제 은입사 감실 (鐵製銀入絲龕室)

1700s

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Iron inlaid with silver and copper decoration

Overall: 30 x 35 x 14 cm (11 13/16 x 13 3/4 x 5 1/2 in.)

Gift of The Honorable Joseph P. Carroll and Roberta Carroll, M.D. in memory of Robert P. Bergman 1999.120.1

Description

Many homes in premodern Korean society had a memorial shrine for preparing and holding ancestral rites. Placed on the top of a tall chair, this miniature edifice (called the spirit house) served as a temporary residence for visiting ancestral spirits. On the table, a variety of delicacies such as fruits, rice, meat, and wine would be placed to treat those spiritual guests.

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