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Buncheong Ware Wine Bottle with painted Ginseng Leaf Design


Artwork Details

Buncheong Ware Wine Bottle with painted Ginseng Leaf Design
16th century
stoneware with iron oxide painting over white slip
11 13/16 x 6 13/16 x 6 13/16 in. (30 x 17.3 x 17.3 cm)
Gift of Bruce and Inta Hasenkamp and Museum purchase made possible by Elder and Mrs. Sang-Yong Nam

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Like the smaller wine bottle nearby (2004/HN.133), this too is probably from the kilns at Mount Gyeryong in southwest Korea. Here the entire vessel was coated with white slip before being painted. An admixture of manganese in the iron slip produced the dark, almost black shade of brown.
Maribeth Graybill, The Enduring Art of the Korean Potter, December 12, 2004-November 6, 2005

Physical Description:

Most buncheong bottles excavated from tombs have damaged mouth. This bottle, too, has been repaired after complete breakage of its rim. The chemicals used during the restoration have flowed down to the center of the body. The rim of the foot reveals the unglazed body and shows the traces of building the foot. The bottle was produced at a kiln in Hakbong-ri, Gongju-gun, Chungcheongnam-do. Its glaze was thinly applied, thus the iron-oxide pigment and white slip have peeled off in many places.
[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2014) p.153]

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