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Buncheong Bottle

15th-16th century, Joseon Dynasty

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Condensed from a phrase that means ‘white slip decorated grayish-blue stoneware, buncheong vessels are typically light yellow or brown due to oxidation firing. This superb example is a pear-shaped wine bottle, brushed with white slip across the body, then decorated with an iron oxide underglaze. The bold design executed with speed and abandon is of a ginseng plant whose stylized leaves unfurl across the surface, surrounded by scrolling tendrils. Brushed white slip buncheong ware was mainly produced by the monks of Mount Kaeryong in southern Chungchong province. These wares with their expressive designs have had a tremendous impact on the technique and aesthetic sensibilities of the modern craft movement. Excellent examples of this type of buncheong ware are in the collections of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Hoam Art Museum in Korea, and the Rhee Byung-Chang Collection at the Museum of Oriental Ceramics in Osaka, Japan.

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