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Yoon Kwang-cho, Korean, born 1946

Geography:
Made in Korea, Asia

Date:
2001

Medium:
Glazed stoneware partially covered with white slip and white slip inlay decoration

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

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:
2003-134-1

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.