[KS] Negative evidence-rice images on Korean ceramics

Frank Hoffmann hoffmann at fas.harvard.edu
Sun Apr 28 11:47:21 EDT 2002

One simple counter question to try to answer the RICE question:  why 
are there so few paintings or ceramics with POTATO motives in 18th 
and 19th century German art.  Maybe it is related to "high culture"? 
And in Korea, cultivating the self, the Confucian self, so to say, or 
reaching Nirvana, was not related to the agricultural cycle either.

To answer your question one would first need to know why the rice 
motif is to be found in, say Chinese or Vietnamese ceramics. Is it? 
All periods? If all periods, then what kind of ceramic -- made for 
which classes of consumers, or for export, and how to be utilized, 


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