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Porcelain with underglaze blue
Overall: 18.2 x 12.6 cm (7 3/16 x 4 15/16 in.)
Gift of The Honorable Joseph P. Carroll and Roberta Carroll, M.D. 1998.291.3
Yi Gi-ha (1646−1718), the owner of this set of epitaph tablets, was a prominent military general who paid a special interest in improving swordsmanship and inventing new war vehicles.
This blue-and-white ceramic set of 18 epitaph tablets is a funerary record commemorating the life of Yi Gi-ha (1646−1718). It contains information ranging from his personality to his political achievements. Yi was described as a principled scholar-official with a profound love of a simple and frugal life style. The first tablet introduces Yi’s illustrated family lineage including a number of famous ancestors. The 13th tablet narrates the royal house’s bestowal on him the posthumous title Jeonghee (literally meaning Upright Happiness), and the 16th tablet talks about Yi’s wife and children. The last tablet states that two prominent high officials, Yoon Soon (1680−1741) and Yi Deok-soo (1673−1744), composed this commemorative eulogy for the epitaph set.
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