Bottle

1400-1500 (made)
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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Korea, Room 47g
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Buncheong stoneware, with underglaze white slip and incised decoration
Brief Description
Cer, Korea, Joseon dynasty, Buncheong
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.
Dimensions
  • Height: 30.5cm
Style
Subject depicted
Summary
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.
Bibliographic Reference
Beth McKillop. Korean Art and Design. London: V&A, 1992. 25.
Collection
Accession Number
C.614-1920

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record createdDecember 15, 1999
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