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Bottle with inlaid design of strands of chrysanthemum blossoms


Artwork Details

Bottle with inlaid design of strands of chrysanthemum blossoms
late 13th century
stoneware with inlaid decoration under celadon glaze
13 3/4 x 7 7/16 x 7 7/16 in. (34.8 x 18.8 x 18.8 cm)
Gift of Bruce and Inta Hasenkamp and Museum purchase made possible by Elder and Mrs. Sang-Yong Nam


This pear-shaped bottle is divided into lobes of uneven width by shallow vertical grooves that are visually emphasized by stripes of underglaze black and white slip. Centered on each panel is a strand of stylized chrysanthemum blossoms. The patterns fade out near the top of the narrow neck, and the trumpet-shaped mouth is plain.
The cheerful disregard for geometry seen in this bottle is a far remove from the precision of twelfth-century celadons. Already one senses a loosening of court control over kiln production.

Physical Description:

This vessel was produced in a form typical of 13th century celadon bottles with the beautifully curved form and inlaid decorations on the entire surface. The body is divided into six segments, each of which is inlaid with chrysanthemum stems rst then stamped with owers using the inhwa (stamping) technique. Glaze was wiped away from the base and sand supports were used during ring. Glaze on the lower part of the bottle was poorly fused, yielding an opaque surface, however the overall quality of sintering is fine. The mouth has been repaired and restored. This piece is assumed to have been produced at a kiln at Yucheon-ri, Buan-gun, Jeollabuk-do.
[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2014) p.136]

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