국립중앙박물관 NATIONAL MUSEUM OF KOREA

Highlights
White Porcelain Mortar
  • Exhibition Name

    White Porcelain Mortar

  • Culture/Period

    Joseon Dynasty

  • Materials

    Ceramics - White Porcelain

  • Category

    Science & technology - Medical treatment - Pharmacy - Medicine quern

  • Dimensions

    H. 6.6cm, L. 29.6cm, D. 11.5cm

  • Accession Number

    Sujeong 9

  • Location

    Joseon III

This white porcelain implement used for preparing medicinal products consists of an oval mortar and a pestle designed to pulverize herbs by rolling over them in the mortar. In China, implements of this type are called a yaochuan (“medicine boat”) due the shape of the mortar, while in Korea the term yagyeon (“medicine pestle”) is preferred. The pestle in this example takes the form of a disk with a diamond-shaped cross-section containing a hole at the center through which a shaft is inserted to grind medicinal ingredients by rolling it in both hands.