Jar with Scroll Design

Jar with Scroll Design

분청사기 상감 당초무늬 호 (粉靑沙器象嵌唐草文壺)

1400s

Buncheong ware with incised, stamped, and slip-inlaid decoration

Overall: 37.6 cm (14 13/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1963.505

Description

This vessel was used for burying a placenta, a custom practiced by aristocratic families in Korea in the belief that it would bring happiness to the child. This jar was placed inside another wide-mouthed jar then buried inside an outer stone box. This rare jar has a bluish-green tone commonly seen in Buncheong ware. Pots were coated with a white slip, and then decorative designs were added using a combination of inlaid and stamped techniques. This style emerged in the 1400s, and then disappeared after the 1500s due to the popularity of white porcelains.

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