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Posted 3 years ago


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From what I know about this object now, which is still not a lot. It is a korean hot pot. But what I am really trying to find out is what the markings on the bottom are? Any help would be amazing!! Thank you all very much for your time! Jason

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  1. jwendell222 jwendell222, 3 years ago
    Hello, I am wondering why you attribute this pot to Korea. The alphabet is not Chinese based Korean, nor is it Hangul. It’s also not a current alphabet and I don’t find it in a listing of extinct alphabets. The closest thing to it seems to be clay tablet cuneiform. I hope someone on CW can shed some light on this. I would probably like to know as much as you would. Best wishes and good luck, Jim
  2. jason1979, 3 years ago
    I listed this item on here about two months ago and thats what I was told it was. Do you think I shold list it in a different catagory and if so which one? I am really lost on this item! Thank you so much for your help Jim!!
  3. jwendell222 jwendell222, 3 years ago
    Hi Jason, I think this is the best place for it. I didn't mean to say that it was NOT Korean. The judgement that it is Korean may have been made without regard to the writing, and could be correct. The marking is cuneiform, so maybe this answers your question. But it's not in use anywhere that I can find so there's still a mystery.. You might want to take a look at the site below.

    Best wishes, Jim
  4. jason1979, 3 years ago
    First thanks again Jim!! That is a pretty cool website. Second how sure are you that the writing is cuneiform? If sure would that mean that this item was made during the bronze age? Or could someone have put it on there in more recent times? Thanks again for all your time and help! Jason
  5. jwendell222 jwendell222, 3 years ago
    Hi Jason, had a guy familiar with Korean art look at your posting, his reply:
    "The picture is very small but this pot does not look Korean to me, neither in shape or decoration." Cuneiform script was used well past the bronze age in the middle east. I downloaded your photo and enlarged it considerably and suggest that you look in the direction of Iran. Good luck, Jim
  6. jason1979, 3 years ago
    Sounds like we might be headed in the right direction now. If I find anything at all I will post it. I cant thank you enough Jim!!!

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