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Bowl with incised pattern of paired phoenixes; pair with 2004/1.213


Artwork Details

Bowl with incised pattern of paired phoenixes; pair with 2004/1.213
11th century
stoneware with celadon glaze
3 1/8 x 7 x 7 in. (7.8 x 17.7 x 17.7 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


There is no way to know today whether these two bowls were designed as part of a set, but they are so similar in shape and design that they must have come from the same kiln, in the same generation—and perhaps even from the hand of the same potter.
The phoenix, a mythical bird depicted with a long, flowing tail, was an emblem of longevity across East Asia and often appears in the decorative arts of the Goryeo period.
Maribeth Graybill, The Enduring Art of the Korean Potter, December 12, 2004-November 6, 2005

Subject Matter:

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

Physical Description:

This piece represents the archetype of Goryeo celadon made in the 11th century with its shape and designs displaying the in uence of Chinese Yue ware. e glaze was fused well to form a subtle gloss, while the clay body has a ne and dense texture. Around the interior rim is an incised line and also engraved are parrots and clouds below the line. There are four refractory spur marks on the foot.
[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2014) p.91]

Stoneware teabowl with celadon glaze. A pair of parrots is incised on he inside of the bowl, as well as a line that runs slightly below and parallel to the rim.

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