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Buncheong ware small bottle with chrysanthemum and ruyi (‘cloud collar’) designs


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Buncheong ware small bottle with chrysanthemum and ruyi (‘cloud collar’) designs
14th century - 15th century
stoneware with inlaid incised design under celadon glaze
6 3/4 x 4 13/16 x 4 13/16 in. (17 x 12.1 x 12.1 cm)
Gift of Bruce and Inta Hasenkamp and Museum purchase made possible by Elder and Mrs. Sang-Yong Nam

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The small size, thick walls, and pear-shaped contour of this bottle make it perfect for holding and pouring heated wine. The designs on this bottle are typical of those made early in the Joseon period: the milky gray celadon glaze belongs to the new era, but the clustered chrysanthemum blossoms on the body and the band of ruyi scepter heads at the neck are incised, as in celadons of the preceding Goryeo period. Very soon, stamped decoration would become the norm.

Physical Description:

This vessel conforms to a type of Goryeo celadon bottle that features a bulbous body, which has its center of gravisty at the lower part of the body, but its neck is rather stout when compared to the bottles produced in the 12th and 13th centuries. The shouler is decorated with a yeoui-head band, while chrysanthemum orets adorn the body in four places. The chrysanthemum designs were first stamped into the clay and inlaid with white slip; this stamping technique (inhwa) later developed into the style known as stamped buncheong ware. The base displays large cracks formed during ring. The glaze was unevenly fused, causing running and opaque melting in parts.
[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2014) p.145]

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