A Single Shard Setting & Symbolism

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Rice

Rice is a main staple of the Korean diet during this time period. Tree-ear spends a great deal of time gathering rice after the local harvest for himself and Crane-man to eat.

Clay

Tree-ear harvests clay from the local river that will be used to make both the pots and the glaze that the potters use.

Wood

Tree-ear spends the first nine days he works for Min to cut wood for the community kiln.

Crutch

Crane-man walks with a crutch that he carves himself.

Sandals

Crane-man makes Tree-ear sandals out of rice straw.

Monkey

Tree-ear molds a monkey out of clay for Crane-man before he leaves for his journey to Songdo.

Gourd

Tree-ear has a bowl made from a gourd that he brings to Min's every day for his midday meal so that he can save half and share it with Crane-man.

Jiggeh

A jiggeh is a...

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