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Deep bowl with vertical sides and carved lotus petal design


Artwork Details

Deep bowl with vertical sides and carved lotus petal design
13th century-14th century
Stoneware with celadon glaze
3 5/16 x 3 7/8 x 3 7/8 in. (8.3 x 9.8 x 9.8 cm)
Gift of Bruce and Inta Hasenkamp and Museum purchase made possible by Elder and Mrs. Sang-Yong Nam

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This straight-sided cup is a Korean adaptation of the lotus bowl shape. The olive green tone results from an oxidizing atmosphere in the kiln during the firing process.
Maribeth Graybill, The Enduring Art of the Korean Potter, December 12, 2004-November 6, 2005

Subject Matter:

The lotus petal motif is widely found as decoration on wares of the early Goryeo period, particularly on bowls, galleried bottles and jars. The design grew more detailed and sophisticated over time.

Physical Description:

A yellow brownish glaze is applied and crackling covers the entire body.
This bowl has straight wall. The exterior is carved with lotus petals. The below of the mouth is decorated with fret design. The foot is a little low.

This is a cylindrical cup decorated with incised and raised design of lotus petals on the entire outer walls and is fretted on the outer rim. Overall, the cup is yellow-green in color and has three refractory spur marks. Many of the shards, excavated from sediment in the vicinity of Kiln no. 12 at Yucheon-ri, Buan-gun, Jeollabuk-do, are also those of cylindrical cups similar in form to this one.
[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2014) p.123]

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