국립중앙박물관 NATIONAL MUSEUM OF KOREA

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Epitaph Tablet of Chae Inbeom
  • Exhibition Name

    Epitaph Tablet of Chae Inbeom

  • Culture/Period

    Korea

  • Materials

    Stone

  • Category

    life in society - life in ceremony - funeral services - a coffin

  • Dimensions

    107.0x73.0x10.5cm

  • Accession Number

    Bongwan 7884

  • Location

    Calligraphy and PaintingⅠ

Buried inside graves, epitaph tablets chronicle the lives and achievements of the occupants in order to leave a record of their legacy posterity. The composition of such epitaphs was established during the Goryeo dynasty. This epitaph belongs to Chae Inbeom (蔡仁範, 934‒998), a scholar originally from the Southern Tang but who later became naturalized to Goryeo. It is written in regular script (楷書, Kr. haeseo) on a tablet with grid lines. This is not only the earliest extant example of the Goryeo period, but the earliest of all existing epitaphs in Korea.