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Offering Bowl

Early 20th century, possibly 1937
Artist/maker unknown, Korean
Bowls like this one have historically been used for food offerings in Buddhist rituals. The writing on this example reads (translated): “Wishing a long life for Min Kyung Bok who was born on the 10th day of the 4th month in 1937.” Executed in han-gul (Korean) calligraphy in the so-called "printing" style, the incised inscription creates the illusion of a deliberately hidden brush tip at the end of each brushstroke (the mark left by a hidden brush tip does not taper as that left by a regular brush tip in that the calligrapher reverses the direction of the brush at the point where he wants the stroke to stop on the writing surface, ending his stroke on an area where the ink of his brush has already touched, thus the tip is "hidden")....

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