Depiction of 백자 태항아리 및 태지석

This white porcelain jar from the Joseon Dynasty has an outer jar with the size of 30.9 cm in total height, 21.4 cm in the diameter at the mouth and 14.1 cm in the diameter at the base. The inner jar is 19.2 cm in total height, 10.6 cm in the diameter at the mouth and 8.3 cm in the diameter at the base. The dimension of a stone bearing the birth information is 26.6 cm by 26.7 cm by 4.6 cm. A birth jar is used for containing the placenta and the umbilical cord of a prince or princess. Buried along with the jar is a stone on which the name and the date of birth of the newborn baby are recorded. The jars excavated along with birthstones are excellent sources of information in studying the history of chinaware because they often provide chronological records in details and show the mode of production and distinctive features of the works made during that period of time. The mouth of the outer jar is wide and opened outward. The jar has a short neck and its body gradually narrows downward. There are four loops attached to the shoulder. It has a lid that looks like that of a cooking pot. There are four holes drilled on its knob. Connected with the loops on the shoulder, the strings through these holes were supposed to hold the jars intact. Its surface is evenly coated with white glossy enamel. The inner jar has the almost same shape as the larger one, except it is slightly smaller. The birthstone is a piece of square-shaped black stone. The content of the engraved phrase shows that this piece was made in 1643 and contains the placenta of Prince Aji, who was born in 1639. It also says that the birth jar was buried in 1643.

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  • 보물 제1169호
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  • This white porcelain jar from the Joseon Dynasty has an outer jar with the size of 30.9 cm in total height, 21.4 cm in the diameter at the mouth and 14.1 cm in the diameter at the base. The inner jar is 19.2 cm in total height, 10.6 cm in the diameter at the mouth and 8.3 cm in the diameter at the base. The dimension of a stone bearing the birth information is 26.6 cm by 26.7 cm by 4.6 cm. A birth jar is used for containing the placenta and the umbilical cord of a prince or princess. Buried along with the jar is a stone on which the name and the date of birth of the newborn baby are recorded. The jars excavated along with birthstones are excellent sources of information in studying the history of chinaware because they often provide chronological records in details and show the mode of production and distinctive features of the works made during that period of time. The mouth of the outer jar is wide and opened outward. The jar has a short neck and its body gradually narrows downward. There are four loops attached to the shoulder. It has a lid that looks like that of a cooking pot. There are four holes drilled on its knob. Connected with the loops on the shoulder, the strings through these holes were supposed to hold the jars intact. Its surface is evenly coated with white glossy enamel. The inner jar has the almost same shape as the larger one, except it is slightly smaller. The birthstone is a piece of square-shaped black stone. The content of the engraved phrase shows that this piece was made in 1643 and contains the placenta of Prince Aji, who was born in 1639. It also says that the birth jar was buried in 1643. (en)
  • 조선시대 백자 태항아리로서 외항아리는 전체 높이 30.9㎝, 아가리 지름 21.4㎝, 밑지름 14.1㎝이고, 내항아리는 전체 높이 19.2㎝, 아가리 지름 10.6㎝, 밑지름 8.3㎝이며, 태지석(胎誌石)은 26.6㎝×26.7㎝×4.6㎝이다. 태항아리란 왕실의 왕자나 왕녀가 태어났을 때 태를 담는 항아리를 말하며, 이것과 그 주인공의 이름, 생년월일을 기록한 태지석을 함께 묻는다. 외항아리는 아가리가 넓으며 밖으로 살짝 말려있다. 짧은 목에 위쪽이 넓고 아래로 내려갈수록 좁아지는 모양을 하고있다. 어깨의 4곳에는 고리를 달았으며, 냄비 뚜껑같이 생긴 뚜껑의 꼭지에 나있는 4개의 구멍과 연결하여 고정하도록 되어있다. 백자 유약으로 전면을 고르게 칠하였으며 광택이 있다. 내항아리는 외항아리와 비슷한 모양으로 이루어져 있으며, 크기가 조금 더 작다. 태지석은 정사각형 모양의 검은 돌로, 앞·뒷면에 새겨진 글로 보아 1643년에 제작된 태항아리로 왕자 아지(阿只)의 태를 담은 것으로 1639년에 태어나 1643년에 태를 묻었음을 알 수 있다.
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  • Baekjataehanggwataejiseok(White porcelain placenta jar and stone inscription) (en)
  • 白磁 胎壺 및 胎誌石
  • 백자 태항아리 및 태지석 (ko)
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