HORN-SHAPED VESSEL

 White porcelain
Accession No.00656
CollectionThe ATAKA Collection
Date 1Joseon dynasty
Date 215th Century
PhotographKAZUYOSHI MIYOSHI
DescriptionHorn-shaped cups were originally used as wine cups by the nomads. In the Korean peninsula, examples in Silla earthenware and Goryeo celadon are known, both demonstrate high craftsmanship. This work, probably made for court use, seems to have modeled on those traditional pieces, assuming from its elegant and refined style. A collection of essays called Yongje Chonghwa written in the latter half of the 15th century mentions "the court utensils in the reign of Saejong (1419-1450) were exclusively white porcelain", which substantiates that high-class, refined white porcelain such as this horn-shaped cup were made for the court.

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