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Bowl - Celadon Bowl with Raised Lotus and Boy Design

Celadon Bowl with Raised Lotus and Boy Design

  • Object:

    Bowl

  • Place of origin:

    Korea (a kiln site in Sadang-ri, Gangjin, made)

  • Date:

    1200-1250 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glazed, impressed, inlaid stoneware

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr Aubrey Le Blond

  • Museum number:

    C.584-1918

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 32, shelf 2

The bowl is covered with a celadon glaze. The exterior is plain while the interior has moulded and inlaid decoration of a lotus blossom in the well, three moulded boys amongst lotus flowers on the sides, and an inlaid arabesque border near the rim. The foot ring is glazed and has three spur marks.
The earliest Korean celadons with inlaid decoration are associated with a tomb of 1150, and so a late 12th century date is suggested for this elegant pale green bowl.

Physical description

The bowl is covered with a celadon glaze. The exterior is plain while the interior has moulded and inlaid decoration of a lotus blossom in the well, three moulded boys figures amongst lotus flowers on the sides, and an inlaid arabesque border near the rim. The foot ring is glazed and has three spur marks.

This celadon bowl is glazed a jade-green colour with a subtle gloss. The interior has a scroll band inlaid with white clay below the rim and an impressed design of boys and blooming lotus flowers in a pond. The exterior is undecorated. There are three silica spur marks on the foot. This masterpiece was produced at a kiln in Sadang-ri, Gangjin, in the early 13th century when the inlaid celadon technique, or sanggam, started to be used.

Place of Origin

Korea (a kiln site in Sadang-ri, Gangjin, made)

Date

1200-1250 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Glazed, impressed, inlaid stoneware

Dimensions

Height: 7.4 cm, Diameter: 18.4 cm mouth, Diameter: 6.1 cm base

Descriptive line

Stoneware bowl with celadon glaze with impressed and inlaid decoration, Korea, Koryô dynasty, 1150-1200

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

McKillop, Beth Korean Art and Design. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1992
London: V&A,
1992.
4410.
Bernard Rackham.
Catalogue of the Le Blond collection of Corean ceramics.
London: V&A,
1918.
.991635.
Honey.
Plate 47B.
National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage. Daejeon: National Research Institue of Cultural Heritage, 2013, pp. 58-59.

Labels and date

Bowl
Korea, Koryô dynasty, 1150-1200, glazed stoneware with impressed and inlaid decoration
Museum no. C.584-1918. Given by Aubrey Le Blond [2009]

Materials

Stoneware

Techniques

Glazed; Impressed; Inlaid

Subjects depicted

Boy; Lotus

Categories

Ceramics; Stoneware

Collection

East Asia Collection

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