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Mal, Large Korean Antique Grain Measuring Cup

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Mal, Large Antique Korean Grain Measuring Cup. It bears the government stamp that can be found on Choson Dynasty mals. This stamp was required on measuring cups as proof that it complied with the government standards of measures. The Korean measuring cup is a charming symbol of the Korean custom of generosity and hospitality, as the cup would always be heaped with grain to overflowing by the vendor selling grain, rather than leveled off at the top, which would have been considered a show of stinginess. This concept of the heaping measure and generosity is what Koreans call Kobong, and is an expression of giving with no bounds. Mal are popularly used by collectors and designers as magazine and newspaper holders. 12.5w x 11.5h, 32w x 29h cm.