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Bowl with incised pattern of paired phoenixes


Artwork Details

Bowl with incised pattern of paired phoenixes
late 11th century -early 12th century
stoneware with celadon glaze
2 3/8 x 7 5/8 x 7 5/8 in. (6 x 19.3 x 19.3 cm)
Gift of Bruce and Inta Hasenkamp and Museum purchase made possible by Elder and Mrs. Sang-Yong Nam

On Display

Not currently on display


Subject Matter:

Parrot design is described long tail, elliptical head and crooked beak resembling phoenixes. It was found on the bowl or vessel of the Goryeo Dynasty. Bird design represents family happiness, status rising and longevity.

Physical Description:

The inner surface of this bowl features an incised design of two parrots with long tails resembling phoenixes. e entire body of the bowl was glazed including the rim of the foot, on which remain three quartzite spur marks. Although some fireclay has fallen inside the kiln during ring and adhered to the inner surface of the bowl, the state of sintering is good. The piece as a whole is a high-quality ware with a glossy surface and a fine color of glaze. The base of the foot is cracked which occurred while drying before the application of glaze.
[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2014) p.94]

high quality, incised, double-parrot motif shallow bowl, nice shallow fully glazed foot, three spur marks, firing discoloration, kiln trash fall on glaze, 11th century.

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