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백자 항아리 조선
白磁壺 朝鮮

Joseon dynasty (1392–1910)
first half of the19th century
H. 9 in. (22.9 cm); Diam. 10 in. (25.4 cm); Diam. of rim 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm); Diam. of foot 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Seymour Fund, 1965
Accession Number:
65.1.1a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 233
Written in cobalt blue on the bottom of this jar is a single Chinese character (Korean: chung). Even after the Korean alphabet, known as hangeul, was created in 1443, official court documents and writings by literati continued to use Chinese characters.

Chung probably refers to Chunghūi-dang, a building (now lost) within the Ch’angdōk palace complex in modern Seoul that King Gojong (r. 1864–1907) used to receive foreign envoys.
Marking: Bottom, underglaze blue
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