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Epitaph Tablet for Kim Gyehui (1526-1582), from a Set of 8

Asian Art

MEDIUM Porcelain with underglaze
DATES ca. 1582
DYNASTY Joseon dynasty
DIMENSIONS 9 5/8 × 7 1/16 in. (24.5 × 18 cm)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Carroll Family Collection
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Epitaph plaque with 13 lines of text on the "recto." The text is more faint than in other plaques from the set. From a set of eight plaques, glazed on all four sides, with text on one face and a number on one edge. The epitaph describes the career and contributions of Kim Gyehui(1526-1582), who served as Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and was posthumously awarded the rank of Prime Minister. Epitaph plaques (chi'suk in Korean) served as memorials for the individuals with whom they were buried. They were occasionally disinterred and replaced with revised versions. The majority of these plaques were written in underglaze cobalt blue, but this group is written in underglaze iron red. The text is in Korean, written in Chinese characters.
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