Rice Cake Mold

Accession Number

Rice Cake Mold


Artist Nationality
Korean (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
late 19th century

Medium & Support
glazed porcelain

1 5/8 x 3 3/8 x 3 3/8 in. (4 x 8.5 x 8.5 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Ok Ja Chang and the Chang Family

Physical Description
A small glazed porcelain piece resembling a cake stand. The base of the mold is wide, round and vertical rather than tapered. The top is detailed with a carved pattern that would imprint the rice cake being molded on it.

Rice cake stamps are used to impress designs upon rice cakes. They are generally made of wood or ceramic. Ceramic rice cake stamps normally come in the form of round stamps and consist of a patterned surface and a handle. Patterns, carved or raised, on the stamp vary from geometric lines to auspicious designs that wish for prosperity and longevity. Their small size makes them highly portable, while their simple yet contemporary designs have mad them popular among collectors. The University of Michigan Museum of Art collection includes nine white porcelain rice cake stamps. Some are gifts from Mr. and Mrs. Hasenkamp, and others are gifts from Ok Ja Chang and the Chang family.

This rice cake stamp features a geometric line design. Its walls are thick and heavy. The foot retains sand spur marks and the handle is perforated by a hole. The handle is covered in pinholes which appear like black dots.
[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2014) p.203]

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