Rice Cake Mold

Accession Number

Rice Cake Mold


Artist Nationality
Korean (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
early 20th century

Medium & Support
glazed porcelain

7/8 x 2 7/8 x 2 7/8 in. (2.2 x 7.2 x 7.2 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 is wide and short and sharply tapered inward where it meets the top. 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 mold is entirely glazed, but it is has been removed from the foot rim.
[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2014) p.205]

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