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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.23

  • Description

    Jun stoneware square seal. The seal has opalescent blue glaze. There is a Korean Pak character (a family name) carved in relief with a square border on the base.

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  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 15 millimetres
    • Width: 18 millimetres
    • Depth: 19 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Korean?
      • Inscription Comment

        ?Korean family surname Pak
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : 13th-14th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A23

    Seal with jun-type glaze


    The dating and kiln site of this small personal seal is uncertain. The mark on the base has been read as the Korean curname Pak.


    Stoneware with opalescent blue glaze
    Possibly Korean
    about AD 1800–1900

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  • Bibliography

    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.29, no.A23 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.55, no.A23 bibliographic details
  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.23

Jun stoneware square seal. Korean Pak character (a family name) on base carved in relief with square border. Stoneware body covered in opalescent blue glaze.

Jun stoneware square seal. Korean Pak character (a family name) on base carved in relief with square border. Stoneware body covered in opalescent blue glaze.

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