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Maebyeong (wine storage jar) with design cranes, butterflies, & stylized clouds


Artwork Details

Maebyeong (wine storage jar) with design cranes, butterflies, & stylized clouds
12th century
Stoneware with inlaid with white and black slip under celadon glaze
11 13/16 x 8 x 8 in. (30 x 20.3 x 20.3 cm)
Transfer from the College of Architecture and Design

On Display

Not currently on display


Subject Matter:

It might not be made in Goryeo Dynasty.
Prunus vase has been used for containing the liquid such as liquor. In addition, It has been used to contain honey or sesame oil. At the party It was used to put a flower. The mouth is small and the shoulder is big.

Physical Description:

The vase has a slightly outward-turned rim and a short neck. The elegantly-shaped bottle flares out to a broad shoulder, then tapers gradually to a slim waist before flaring out once more at the base. The shoulder, mid-belly and base of the vase are decorated with black and white clay-inlaid cloud, crane and butterfly motifs.

The body of this vase is inlaid with clouds with black slip and butterflies inlaid with black and white slips, while the lower body is decorated with incised fret-patterned band. The mouth has been completely destroyed and repaired once, but has now fallen into decay. The glaze at the foot is opaque and cracked because of the low ring temperature and it has many pinholes on one side. Glaze was wiped away from the base, and there remain refractory spur marks.
[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2014) p.137]

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