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Heart Sutra

A work made of stoneware with white slip and incisions.

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  • A work made of stoneware with white slip and incisions.




Yoon Kwang-cho (born 1946)

About this artwork

This elaborate piece was inspired by buncheong ware, the blue-grayish stoneware with white-slip decoration made during the early Joseon dynasty (1392–1910). Recently, some artists have revisited buncheong to revive and reinterpret this traditional form and technique in a modern way. In creating this work, Yoon Kwang-cho abandoned a potter’s wheel and instead built the form by hand to create an unusual sculptural form. The Heart Sutra, a short Buddhist text, is inscribed on the surface of this work, as a manifestation of the artist’s meditation. The act of writing out Buddhist texts is itself a meditative act, as it requires utmost concentration and dedication.


On View, Gallery 130


Arts of Asia


Kwang-cho Yoon


Heart Sutra


Seoul (Object made in)

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Made 2007


Stoneware with white slip and incisions


55 × 57 × 35 cm (21 11/16 × 22 7/16 × 13 3/4 in.)

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Asian Art Council Acquisition Fund

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