Celadon ware with inlaid white and black slip decoration
Diameter: 14.3 cm (5 5/8 in.); Overall: 20.4 cm (8 1/16 in.)
Gift of John L. Severance 1917.356
As one of the oldest board games invented in China, this East Asian chess is still played in international competition venues.
Representations of the elite’s elegant gatherings also appear on craft art designs, particularly depictions of the four accomplishments celebrated as cultivated pastimes by the scholar-literati elite—that is, playing stringed instruments and chess, and practicing calligraphy and painting. The image on this rare Korean inlaid celadon of two figures sitting together under a tree is comparable to renderings featuring the accomplishment motif of playing chess, or baduk in Korean.
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