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Epitaph Tablet for Mok Seoheum (1571-1652), from a Set of 11

Asian Art

MEDIUM Porcelain with underglaze
DATES ca. 1652
DYNASTY Joseon dynasty
DIMENSIONS 10 1/16 × 7 1/2 in. (25.5 × 19 cm)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Carroll Family Collection
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Epitaph plaque with 9 lines of text on the "recto" and 1 line of text on the "verso." From a set of 11 plaques, glazed on all four sides, with text on one face and a number on one edge. The epitaph describes the career and contributions of Mok Seoheum (1571-1652), who served as a civil minister. Epitaph plaques (chi'suk in Korean) served as memorials for the individuals with whom they were buried. They were occasionally disinterred and replaced with revised versions. The majority of these plaques were written in underglaze cobalt blue, but this group is written in underglaze iron red. The text is in Korean, written in Chinese characters. The "verso" of each plaque has some encrustation of sand in the glaze, the result of firing conditions.
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