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Maebyeong (Wine Storage Bottle) with plant spray design


Artwork Details

Maebyeong (Wine Storage Bottle) with plant spray design
13th century
stoneware with iron underglaze painting
10 11/16 x 6 1/4 x 6 1/4 in. (27 x 15.8 x 15.8 cm)
Gift of Bruce and Inta Hasenkamp and Museum purchase made possible by Elder and Mrs. Sang-Yong Nam

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By the thirteenth century, the Korean maebyeong—a container for wine or other liquids—had assumed a tall and slender profile, with high, rounded shoulders, a gradually tapering body, and a slightly flared base. This piece was fired in an oxygen-rich atmosphere, resulting in a light brown color. The design of a single plant sprig was painted directly on the unbaked clay surface with iron oxide, with a refreshingly light touch.
Maribeth Graybill, The Enduring Art of the Korean Potter, December 12, 2004-November 6, 2005

Physical Description:

This is celadon maebyeong decorated with large foliage spray designs painted in underglaze iron brown in two sides of its body. Such celadon wares decorated with oral scrolls in underglaze iron brown and coated with greenish-brown glaze were generally produced in large numbers in the area of Jinsan-ri in Haenam-gun, Jeollanam-do. The body contains lots of white quarts sand, producing rough surface. The foot is wide and at and ne grains of sand are adhere to it. It is yellow-brown overall, though glaze has gathered towards the base, creating a greener tone.
[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2014) p.139]

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