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6. Celadon Ewer

12th century, Goryo Dynasty

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Wares of this type were derived from Chinese Cizhou ware, but were uniquely combined with celadon glaze by Goryo artisans. The austerity of the shape of this particular vessel is reminiscent of metalware while the painterly brushwork is executed with a spontaneity and vitality that heightens the contrast of the dark leaves silhouetted against the blue-green glaze. Similar vessels are in the collections of the Ho-am Art Museum, the National Museum of Korea, the Ataka Collection, Osaka, Japan, and the Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, Japan.

ceramic with iron oxide under a celadon glaze
H: 7.5 in. (19 cm)

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