Cosmetic Box

Artist/maker unknown, Korean

Made in Korea, Asia

13th century

Porcellaneous stoneware with inlay decoration under celadon glaze

1 1/2 x 3 3/8 inches (3.8 x 8.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Horace H. F. Jayne, 1929

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The technique used to decorate this box is an indigenous inlay technique (called sanggam in Korean) invented by Korean potters in the first decade of the twelfth century. Designs are incised into the clay and then filled with white or red clay before firing. When fired, the white and red clay produce the effect of white and black colors, respectively. This technique may have been borrowed from earlier methods that inlaid lacquerware with mother-of-pearl and metalware with gold and silver.