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Bottle

Bottle

  • Place of origin:

    Korea (made)

  • Date:

    1400-1500 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Punch'ông stoneware, with underglaze white slip and incised decoration

  • Museum number:

    C.614-1920

  • Gallery location:

    Korea, Room 47g, case 11

The body on this vase is decorated with a large lotus flower carved through the white slip and covered with a crackled celadon glaze. The decorative scheme is divided into sections by a series of thin lines. The vase dates from the 15th century, coinciding with the earlier phase of the Choson dynasty (1392-1910). This vase is classified as punch'ong ware. The term punch'ong is a contraction of a modern Korean term, punjang hoech'ong sagi, meaning 'green, powder-like dressing on a grey vessel'. Punch'ong wares were made during the 15th and 16th centuries. They are stonewares and are often decorated with white slip. Inlaid, incised and carved designs were particularly popular, but spontaneous, free-spirited motifs painted with brown iron oxide are also found.

Physical description

The damaged vase is pear-shaped has a flaring mouth and a tall foot which is carved from the base. The body is decorated with a large lotus flower carved through the white slip and covered with a crackled celadon glaze. The decorative scheme is divided into sections by a series of thin lines. The main interest of the bottle lies in a splendidly free lotus bloom occupying the main panel. The top part of the vase is missing and some of the crackles are stained brown.

Place of Origin

Korea (made)

Date

1400-1500 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Punch'ông stoneware, with underglaze white slip and incised decoration

Dimensions

Height: 30.5 cm

Descriptive line

Cer, Korea, Choson, punchong

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Beth McKillop. Korean Art and Design. London: V&A, 1992. 25.

Subjects depicted

Lotus

Collection

East Asia Collection

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