Yoon Kwang-cho, Korean, born 1946

Made in Korea, Asia


Porcellaneous stoneware with underglaze white slip decoration (buncheong ware)

13 3/8 x 5 1/2 inches (34 x 14 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

* Gallery 237, Asian Art, second floor

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Credit Line:
Gift of the artist, 2003

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A leading Korean ceramic artist, Yoon Kwang-cho adopted the traditional buncheong technique in creating this work by using white slip as both a surface coating and an inlay. The inscription is a quote from the Hunmin jeongeum (Proper Sounds to Instruct the People), the edict issued in 1446 by King Sejong (ruled 1418–50) in which he presented a Korean alphabet that would provide an easy means of expressing thoughts in writing. Until then, no written system of the Korean language existed; the educated elite had been using Chinese characters to write.

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