Bowl with floral and abstract motifs and hangeul inscription


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 233

The striking, abstract designs on this bowl closely resemble those found on so-called Kraak ware, Chinese export blue-and-white porcelain from the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. The style is unusual in Korean porcelain. Based on the Korean-character (Hangeul) inscription drilled over the glaze above the foot, we can surmise that this was one of thirty bowls for use at Sunhwa Palace on the occasion of the royal wedding in 1847 of King Heonjong (r. 1834–49) to his formally selected concubine.

Bowl with floral and abstract motifs and hangeul inscription, Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue design, Korea

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