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Rice Cake Mold


Artwork Details

Rice Cake Mold
19th century
1 11/16 x 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. (4.2 x 6.9 x 6.9 cm)
Gift of Bruce and Inta Hasenkamp and Museum purchase made possible by Elder and Mrs. Sang-Yong Nam

On Display

Not currently on display


Physical Description:

Rice cake stamps are used to impress designs upon rice cakes. They are generally made of wood or ceramic. Ceramic rice cake stamps normally come in the form of round stamps and consist of a patterned surface and a handle. Patterns, carved or raised, on the stamp vary from geometric lines to auspicious designs that wish for prosperity and longevity. Their small size makes them highly portable, while their simple yet contemporary designs have mad them popular among collectors. The University of Michigan Museum of Art collection includes nine white porcelain rice cake stamps. Some are gifts from Mr. and Mrs. Hasenkamp, and others are gifts from Ok Ja Chang and the Chang family.

Glaze has been removed from the foot rim which rested on fine sand spurs during firing. The glaze is transparent with a strong blue tint.
[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2014) p.203]

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