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Ewer

  • Date:

    1100 - 1150 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Thrown and incised Stoneware

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lieutenant-Colonel Kenneth Dingwall D.S.O. through Art Fund

  • Museum number:

    C.640-1920

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 143, The Timothy Sainsbury Gallery, case 18, shelf 2

Ceramics with a clear greenish-grey glaze known as celadon were made in Korea throughout the Koryo period (918-1392). The designs on this ewer have been incised into the surface of the vessel before it was glazed. The clear celadon glaze pooled in these incisions. The greater thickness of the glaze in these areas makes it appear darker and renders the pattern of grapes and vines visible, albeit subtly so.

Physical description

The ewer has a globular body and a handle in the form of twisted ropes. It was probably originally gourd or double-gourd-shaped although the top part is now missing. It is covered with a celadon glaze and bears an overall incised grape vine pattern with a band of lotus petals around the foot. There is a small black spot on the lower body, prabably caused by misfiring, and long cracks on the body.

Colour: Greyish green

Date

1100 - 1150 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Thrown and incised Stoneware

Dimensions

Height: 21.2 cm

Materials

Celadon

Categories

Ceramics

Collection

East Asia Collection

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