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Cup with Incised Thunder Design

청자 음각 번개무늬 마상배 (靑磁陰刻雷文馬上杯)

1100s-1200s
Diameter of mouth: 8.6 cm (3 3/8 in.); Overall: 9.9 cm (3 7/8 in.)
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This distinctively shaped cup with a pointy base is known to have originated from a practice of drinking wine on horseback.

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As early as the seventh century, the practice of drinking tea became an important part of elite culture in Korea. In enjoying teas, elites commissioned a variety of types of utensils and vessels including this delicate-looking cup, not only to make their tea-drinking experience more exciting, but also to show their refined taste.
Cup with Incised Thunder Design

Cup with Incised Thunder Design

1100s-1200s

Korea, Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)

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