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Collection Online as of June 27, 2017

Storage Jar: Buncheong Ware, 1400s

Buncheong ware with incised, stamped, and slip-inlaid decoration, Overall: h. 37.5 cm (14 3/4 in). John L. Severance Fund 1963.505

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.

The Cleveland Museum of Art (06/28/2009 - 08/30/2009); "Streams and Mountains Without End: Asian Art and the Legacy of Sherman E. Lee at the Cleveland Museum of Art"

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