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Wine cup with incised patterns


Artwork Details

Wine cup with incised patterns
12th century-13th century
stoneware with celadon glaze
2 11/16 x 3 11/16 x 3 11/16 in. (6.7 x 9.3 x 9.3 cm)
Gift of Bruce and Inta Hasenkamp and Museum purchase made possible by Elder and Mrs. Sang-Yong Nam

On Display

Not currently on display


Subject Matter:

Cups like this very widely made during the early and mid-Goryeo periods for tea or alcoholic beverages. This cup was once part of a set with a stand, which is now missing.

Physical Description:

The cup has a mouth that curves slightly inwards; this is a form typical of round cups with saucers produced in large numbers in the 13th and 14th centuries. The cup is decorated only on the outer rim with a fret-patterned band. Repaired damage is visible on several parts on the mouth, as well as cracking that occurred during ring. Glaze has been applied down to the foot, and three quartzite spur marks remain on the outer base. The partially oxidized body displays darker patches on the surface, but it preserves a bright celadon color overall.
[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2014) p.120]

The celadon cup has a mildly inverted rim with curved sides that are bent once, at a sharp angle, near the base. The surface is coated with a greenish blue glaze. The slightly inward-turning mouth facilitates drinking while the sides curve gently toward the base.

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