Epitaph Tablet for Yi Munseong (1503-1575), from a Set of 7
On View: Asian Galleries, South, 2nd floor
Porcelain with underglaze
Gift of the Carroll Family Collection
Epitaph plaque with 12 lines of script on the "recto."
From a group of 7 plaques commemorating Hwang Yun-gil (1536-?), who served as Prime Minister under King Sonjo (r. 1567-1608). He served as part of the mission to Japan, where he met with Emperor Toyotomi Hideyoshi. He is known for predicting Japan's invasion of Korea in 1592.
Epitaph plaques serve as memorials for the individuals with whom they were buried. They typically recount the career and ancestry of the subject, and were occasionally disinterred and replaced with updated versions. Most epitaph plaques were written in underglaze cobalt blue. This set is unusual because it is writen in underglaze iron red.
Korean. Epitaph Tablet for Yi Munseong (1503-1575), from a Set of 7, circa 1579. Porcelain with underglaze, 9 7/16 × 7 7/8 in. (24 × 20 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Carroll Family Collection, 2017.29.22 (Photo: , CUR.2017.29.22.jpg)
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