Box and Cover with Inlaid Chrysanthemum and Insect Design

Box and Cover with Inlaid Chrysanthemum and Insect Design

청자 상감 국화·곤충무늬 합 (靑磁象嵌菊蟲文母子盒)

918–1392

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Celadon with inlaid design

Body: 2.2 x 8.7 cm (7/8 x 3 7/16 in.); Overall: 3.7 cm (1 7/16 in.)

Gift of John L. Severance 1928.165

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This ceramic container was used to store either incense or cosmetics.

Description

Celadons, spoons, seals, and bronze mirrors were the most common burial objects in tombs during the Goryeo period (918-1392). Once used to contain colored powder, rouge, and eyebrow gel for makeup, this small container was one of the standard goods that furnished elites' tombs. Both women and men used the grain powder of rice or millet for whitening their skin, safflower extract for rouge, and plant ash or soot for eyebrow gel. Yet, natural-looking make-up seems to have been the most favorable one in Korean according to the travelogue by Xu Jing (1091-1153), the Chinese diplomat who visited Korea in 1123.

See also
Collection: 
Korean Art
Department: 
Korean Art
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic

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