|Wednesday, September 10, 2003|
Astronomical Surface Decorations on Ceramics, Korea part I
Next on our research list, is Korea. Since it is tied to many of the developments in China, we will probaby find similar results...however, one never knows-
Ancient Korea did have star charts. I easily found one carved in stone, National Treasure No. 228 , the Joseon Period(1395.) I found another complex one, chonmundo, that is on a screen, the Choson court in the 18th century.
They also had dragons on the sides of their pots- A jar with design of clouds and a dragon from the Joseon Period, The Late of 18th century. (This one seems to conform to the elements in the constellation Draco, as we looked at earlier.)
They do use symbolic referents of star maps such as animals of the zodiac.
I will still look around for a more formal star map used on a Korean ceramic piece.