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Shallow bowl with inlaid design of cranes flying among clouds

Korean

Artwork Details

Shallow bowl with inlaid design of cranes flying among clouds
13th century
Korean
stoneware with inlaid decoration under celadon glaze
3 1/8 x 7 5/8 x 7 5/8 in. (7.8 x 19.3 x 19.3 cm)
Gift of Bruce and Inta Hasenkamp and Museum purchase made possible by Elder and Mrs. Sang-Yong Nam
2004/1.248

On Display

Not currently on display

Description

This shallow bowl makes a fascinating comparison with the adjacent wine cup (2004/HN.110). The two pieces share the same basic design scheme, but the patterns here were incised with less care, and the glaze is unevenly applied. Nevertheless, this bowl is attractive thanks to the strong contrast between the pale ivory inlay and dark olive background.

Subject Matter:

A bowl with inlaid black and white slip on its inner and outer surfaces. The inner wall is decorated with three cranes and the outer surface is decorated with chrysanthemum designs. 

Physical Description:

This bowl features splendid designs inlaid with black and white slip on its inner and outer surfaces. The inner wall is decorated with black-and- white inlaid design of three cranes surrounded by clouds which is inlaid with white slip. A row of yeoui-head designs borders the inner bottom. The outer surface also features chrysanthemum designs inside double concentric circles, all inlaid with white slip. Fine sand was stuck to the shallow foot. Glaze has been peeled off in some parts of the mouth, but the bowl is generally in complete form.
[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2014) p.108]

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