백자 청화 수복 글자 장식 대접 조선 白磁靑畫壽福文大楪 朝鮮 Bowl decorated with auspicious characters
Joseon dynasty (1392–1910)
Porcelain with cobalt-blue design
H. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm); Diam. of rim 8 1/4 in. (21 cm); Diam. of base 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm)
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 2013
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 233
This large porcelain bowl with a broad, flat rim prominently features the Chinese characters for good fortune (福; Korean: bok) and longevity (壽; Korean: su). Written words, often arranged in repeating and geometric patterns, communicated a direct and powerful message of auspicious aspirations.