Burial Set (15 plates, 16 bowls and 6 lids)

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Burial Set (15 plates, 16 bowls and 6 lids)


Artist Nationality
Korean (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
17th century

Medium & Support
glazed porcelain

9/16 x 1 3/4 x 1 3/4 in. (1.3 x 4.3 x 4.3 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Ok Ja Chang and the Chang Family

Physical Description
Burial wares are those placed in tombs as a way of praying for the continued happiness and comfort of the deceased in the afterlife. Offering vessels produced in the Joseon period included smaller reproductions of the vessels used every day, such as jars, boxes, and bowls, among others. The University of Michigan Museum of Art houses a set of white porcelain offering vessels buried in pit graves between the late 16th century and early 17th century. The vessels are coated in pale blue glaze but generally tinged with gray. They were fired without using saggers, while resting on fine sand supports. Their glaze is relatively well applied and fused. The cintamani-shaped knobs on the lids are similar to those found on the lids of vessels produced at white porcelain kilns near Seondong-ri and Songjeong-ri in Gwangju-si, Gyeonggi-do in the 17th century.
[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2014) p.190]

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