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Blue-and-white ritual stand with character for 'che' [ritual]

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Blue-and-white ritual stand with character for 'che' [ritual]


Artist Nationality
Korean (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
19th century

Medium & Support
porcelain with blue underglaze painting

2 3/4 in. x 6 13/16 in. x 6 3/4 in. ( 7 cm x 17.3 cm x 17.1 cm )

Credit Line
Gift of Bruce and Inta Hasenkamp and Museum purchase made possible by Elder and Mrs. Sang-Yong Nam

Label copy
Confucian rituals for the veneration of ancestors were part of the life of all upper-class Koreans in the Joseon period. Simple white wares, often embellished with the Chinese character for “ritual,” were preferred for these occasions. Round dishes were used for offerings of fruits and vegetables, while square ones were used for cooked foods such as rice cakes, bean curd, or meats.
Maribeth Graybill, The Enduring Art of the Korean Potter, December 12, 2004-November 6, 2005

Physical Description
The upper surface of this vessel features a circle with the Chinese character "je (祭: ancestral rite)" rendered inside in cobalt blue pigment. The tray features blemishes, while the rims show traces of use. The foot retains traces of coarse sand supports stuck to it during firing. This type of ritual vessel has been excavated from the upper sediment layers of waste deposits of kilns in front of what is now Bunwon-ri Elementary School in Gwangju-si, Gyeonggi-do. Such vessels are presumed to have been produced immediately before the Bunwon-ri kiln cloised down and to have been widely supplied to the general public. 
[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2014) p.196]

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ceramic (material)
dishes (object genre)
porcelain (visual works)
ritual vessels

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Cobalt & Blue
(Part of: Exchange and Influence on Global Trade Routes)

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