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Pear-Shaped Bottle


Artwork Details

Pear-Shaped Bottle
17th century - 18th century
stoneware with white glaze
7 11/16 x 5 9/16 x 5 9/16 in. (19.5 x 14 x 14 cm)
Gift of Bruce and Inta Hasenkamp and Museum purchase made possible by Elder and Mrs. Sang-Yong Nam

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The development of white wares was among the many innovations of Goryeo period potters. This pear-shaped wine bottle is made from a buff-colored clay—visible near the foot of the pot—that was coated with a grayish-white glaze.
Maribeth Graybill, The Enduring Art of the Korean Potter, December 12, 2004-November 6, 2005

Physical Description:

Produced at regional kiln in the 17th and 8th centuries Joseon, this white porcelain bottle is stable and balanced in form. It was made from iron-rich clay which tinged the bottle with gray-white, a common characteristic of 17th century white porcelain. The glaze on the upper part is transparent and shiny, but that on the lower part was not fully melted, producing a rough texture. The foot exposes the clay body as the glaze was wiped away from the bottom of the foot.
[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2014) p.176]

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