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Epitaph Tablet for Yi Munseong (1503-1575), from a Set of 7

Asian Art

On View: Asian Galleries, South, 2nd floor
MEDIUM Porcelain with underglaze
DATES circa 1579
DYNASTY Joseon dynasty
DIMENSIONS 9 7/16 × 7 7/8 in. (24 × 20 cm)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Asian Galleries, South, 2nd floor
CREDIT LINE Carroll Family Collection
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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.
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