This shallow round dish is raised on an integral flaring pedestal. The outer edge of the rim was trimmed vertically, and the dish curves gently towards the bottom where it angles into the pedestal. The pedestal is hollow and, at the bottom, the edge was trimmed diagonally on the outside and has a row of notches on the inside. This raised dish was turned on a lathe from one piece of wood. The turning marks remain visible. The simple decoration consists of an incised ring at the interior of the dish, near the centre, and an incised line encircling the rim. The whole surface is coated with lacquer.
Wooden ritual vessels were used to present food offerings during ancestral ceremonies. It is assumed that this type of ritual vessel was mostly used for ceremonies held directly at the ancestors’ graves, since wood is a light material, and the vessels are easy to carry. On the other hand, ritual vessels made of ceramics and brass were predominantly used in ancestral shrines in people’s homes. The purpose of these vessels was restricted to ancestral rituals, and they were stored away in a specially designated place, usually at the household shrines, when not used.
Korea collections 2 - Joseon - Wood & lacquerwork
Donated by Jens Warfvinge in 2012
Joseon dynasty (1392–1910) [?]
조선 시대 (1392 – 1910)
Wooden ritual dish
옌스 바르빙에(Jens Warfvinge)가 2012년에 기증
나무 제기 木祭器