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Joseon Dynasty

The joseon dynasty was the last unified dynasty founded on the korean peninsula in 1392 by Yi Seong-gye. The country’s name was adopted in 1393 after requesting recognition from king ming. Hanseong(present-day seoul)was the capital, and the political ideology was the absolute social aspect of confucianism. The spirit of confucianism, which is the state religion, is deeply permeated as a standard for people’s lives, and its ideals are to respect the practical life of this world, worship purity and purity, and cultivate a spirit of simplicity and frugality. Under this system, no colored paintings were fired until the end. In this way, during the joseon dynasty, Buddhism from the goryeo dynasty declined, and a policy of suppressing buddhism and worshiping confucianism was rapidly promoted. “White” is a pure and pure color that symbolizes holiness and simplicity, and white porcelain was also used for ritual vessels. Although ritual utensils were actively produced throughout the entire period of the joseon dynasty, they are particularly noteworthy during the middle period of the joseon dynasty, when confucianism penetrated deep into people’s hearts. Ceremonies that were only intended to follow the system of the early joseon dynasty took root as spiritual strongholds in the middle of joseon dynasty. During the early joseon dynasty, the use of ritual utensils was limited to the upper echelons of society, but from the middle of the joseon dynasty onwards, the custom of worshiping the spirits of ancestors in accordance with rituals became a central part of the lives of ordinary people. As a result, the overall demand for ritual utensils became enormous and continued to increase. In 1897, after the Sino japanese war(1894-1895), the country’s name was changed to “Daehan.” After the Russo japanese war(1904-1905), it became a protectorate of japan, and was destroyed in 1910 when Korea was annexed.


Mishima is pottery with an inlay design. There is a strong theory that the name “Mishima” is derived from the fact that the inlay design resembles the character layout of the mishima calendar of mishima taisha shrine(shizuoka prefecture). There is also a theory that it was named after the fact that it was imported via Mishima. Inlaid celadon, which flourished during the goryeo dynasty, gradually declined, and in the 15th century, as if reflecting a new era after Yi Seong-gye founded the joseon dynasty in 1392, it changed to the style that made full use of inlay techniques. While the base is still soft and dry, designs are created using intaglio or flower stamps, and white clay is then embedded. The white inlays expressed on the base material containing a lot of iron give a sense of elegance, and have a quiet dignity that is modest yet gorgeous. Depending on the design and technique, it is classified into koyomide, hana-mishima, reihin-mishima, hori-mishima, hake-mishima, gohon-mishima, etc, and its pure taste and warmth have been cherished by japanese tea masters.


Keiryuzan is a famous mountain located in gwangju city, south chungcheong province, south korea, and there are many ancient kiln sites scattered at the foot of the mountain. 15th to 16th century korean pottery, which features iron painted design using a free and lively brush stroke, is called “Keiryuzan” and is highly acclaimed around the world. Mishima, hakeme, and white porcelain are also fired, and the vessels come in a wide variety of shapes, including bowl, tea bowl, dish, bottle, and jar.





Muji-hakeme is a type of korean pottery made from a gray base with a high iron content, coated with white mud from the inside to the outside hem, then coated with a transparent glaze and fired. White mud is soaked in the same way as kohiki, and the name comes from the fact that no brush is used.


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