Colored Candle

unknownRepublic of Korea/Joseon Dynasty

National Folk Museum of Korea

National Folk Museum of Korea
Seoul, South Korea

Candle is a tool used for illumination, and is made of beeswax or oil in the shape of a cylinder or a square pole with a wick though the middle. Candles were made not only with plant-based oil like beeswax, but also beef and pork tallow. A beeswax candle was made by boiling honey combs, shaping them with a mold, and hardening them with a wick stuck into the wax. Candles were regarded as luxury items, and were mostly used in ceremonial rites or given as valuable gifts. A colored beeswax candle was generally used in wedding ceremonies. The candle shown here is a hollowed cylindrical candle with rolled paper inserted inside as a wick. The surface is decorated with a vibrant relief design of flowers and grass in five colors. A square-pole-shaped beeswax candle is tapered at the bottom. It is small in size and the wick is stuck into the body. The overall body appears reddish, and relief patterns of "囍" (meaning pleasure), plants, and coins were carved onto the surface of the body.

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  • Title: Colored Candle
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date Created: Republic of Korea/Joseon Dynasty
  • Location: 한국
  • Physical Dimensions: Height 30 Base diameter 5.5
  • Type: Housing/Daily Supplies/Family Heirloom Item/Lighting Fixture/Candle
  • Medium: Others