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Epitaph Tablet for Bak Eun (1479-1504), from a Set of 14

Asian Art

When important individuals died during the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910), they were commemorated in lengthy epitaphs that were inscribed on durable surfaces for posterity. This set of fourteen plaques (we are showing only part of the set) records the biography and family history of a celebrated poet, Park Eun (1479–1504), and even includes examples of his verses. This is an unusually early example of the use of porcelain for preserving epitaphs. Prior to this period, epitaphs were carved into stone. In this early period, iron oxide was used to write the text, whereas later cobalt blue would be preferred.
CULTURE Korean
MEDIUM Porcelain with underglaze
DATES 1509
DYNASTY Joseon dynasty
DIMENSIONS 9 1/4 × 6 3/8 × 1 in. (23.5 × 16.2 × 2.5 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Asian Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 2017.29.28
CREDIT LINE Carroll Family Collection
RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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CAPTION Korean. Epitaph Tablet for Bak Eun (1479-1504), from a Set of 14, 1509. Porcelain with underglaze, 9 1/4 × 6 3/8 × 1 in. (23.5 × 16.2 × 2.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Carroll Family Collection, 2017.29.28 (Photo: , 2017.29.28_front_PS9.jpg)
IMAGE front, 2017.29.28_front_PS9.jpg., 2018
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Epitaph plaque with one line of text on the "recto" and one line of text on the "verso." One of 14 plaques commemorating Park Eun (1479-1504), a celebrated poet. The commemoration was written by a friend of the poet, Yi Haeng, four years after the poet's death. The calligraphy is by Yi Yeongwon. Epitaph plaques serve as memorials for the individuals with whom they were buried. They typically recount the career and ancestry of the subject, and were occasionally disinterred and replaced with updated versions. Most epitaph plaques were written in underglaze cobalt blue. This set is unusual because it is writen in underglaze iron red. The text is written in Korean, in archaic Chinese seal script and in Chinese characters.
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Korean. <em>Epitaph Tablet for Bak Eun (1479-1504), from a Set of 14</em>, 1509. Porcelain with underglaze, 9 1/4 × 6 3/8 × 1 in. (23.5 × 16.2 × 2.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Carroll Family Collection, 2017.29.28 (Photo: , 2017.29.28_front_PS9.jpg)