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Wooden tablet with inscription
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This piece is one of a few wooden tablets with inscriptions from the ancient period in Korea. Especially the calendric year written on it provides very important evidence of who were responsible for the construction and use of the fortress from which this piece came.

History of the Object
This tablet was broken into three parts when it was excavated. The very lower part is lost. Chinese characters are written vertically in ink on three sides of this wooden tablet. It is estimated that originally 35 Chinese characters might have been put on the tablet, but only 26 characters are now legible. It has been housed in the museum since it was retrieved from the excavation. It had been preserved by a vacuum freeze drying process.

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Type
Other 
Materials
Wood 
Measurements
Length 15.0cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Korea; Hanam City; Iseong mountain fortress 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 7th century ~ AD 7th century 
Creation date
7th Century - 8th Century  
Function
Letters for long distance communication in ancient times 
Acquisition
Excavated at Iseong mountain fortress, Hanam City, Korea by Hanyang University Museum 
Copyright
Hanyang University Museum 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Korean government 
Museum
Hanyang University Museum 
Credit line
 

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