Apr 24, 2012

Cup with Incised Thunder Design

Cup with Incised Thunder Design

청자 음각 번개무늬 마상배 (靑磁陰刻雷文馬上杯)



Diameter of mouth: 8.6 cm (3 3/8 in.); Overall: 9.9 cm (3 7/8 in.)

Gift of John L. Severance 1918.421


Did you know?

This distinctively shaped cup with a pointy base is known to have originated from a practice of drinking wine on horseback.


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.

See also
Korean Art
Korean Art
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