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Overview

buncheong
Buncheong is defined as ‘pottery decorated with white slip and covered with a pale bluish-green glaze.’ Buncheong is short for bunjang-heocheong
Buncheong is defined as ‘pottery decorated with white slip and covered with a pale bluish-green glaze.’ Buncheong is short for bunjang-heocheong. It is a term that was coined out of nationalist sentiment in the 1930s by Go Yu-seop, the only Korean specialized in art history during the Japanese occupation. This term replaced the Japanese term ‘mishima’ that had been used to refer this type of pottery.

Buncheong with inscriptions of names of government offices

Another feature that characterizes buncheong is inscriptions of government offices that were applied to many pieces. These vessels were presented to the offices as tribute. The reason for inscribing the names of the offices was to prevent disappearance of vessels. According to the Annals of King Sejong, on April, 1417, 17th year of King Taejong’s reign, an order was given to inscribe the names of offices on vessels. This suggests that vessels with inscriptions of government offices were produced after the 17th year of King Taejong’s reign. These vessels bore the inscriptions of the various names of offices, indicating when each was produced. Some vessels have inscriptions of the names of both the office and region, and there are some with inscriptions of the potter’s name.

Buncheong

  • Buncheong jar
  • Buncheong bowl
  • Buncheong bowl
  • Buncheong bowl
  • Buncheong bowl
Buncheong jar
Buncheong jar with stamped pattern with inscription. 15th.
H.18.6 Seikadou Museum
Buncheong bowl
Buncheong bowl with stamped pattern and inscription. 15th.
H.4.5 M(D). 11.5 B(D). 5.5
Buncheong bowl
Buncheong bowl with stamped pattern and inscription, 15th.
H.6.4 M(D). 18.7 B(D). 5.8
Buncheong bowl
Buncheong bowl with stamped pattern and inscription, 15th.
H.6.4 M(D). 18.7 B(D). 5.8
Buncheong bowl
Buncheong bowl with stamped chrysanthemum pattern and
inscription.15th.H. 5.6 M(D). 19.1 B(D). 6.6