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Vase

Catalogue Description:
Buncheong ware wide-shouldered bottle (Korean: maebyeong) with narrow neck and everted rim. Crane and lotus design between lappet bands inlaid with black and white slip under celadon glaze. Foot rim uneven. The exaggerated S-curve of wide shoulder, narrow waist, and flaring base is typical of transitional maebyeong forms in early Joseon dynasty. The inlaid slip is rougher than those in the Koryo [sic] dynasty, and the design is usually divided into horizontal sections. Citation: McKillop, Beth, "Korean Art and Design": Victoria and Albert Museum, 1992, pp.63-64, pl.22. Condition: rim damaged and repaired. (From original catalogue card) The maebyeong, or prunus vase form, evolved in the celadons of Goryeo and was later developed in buncheong ware in the early Joseon dynasty, although white porcelain maebyeongs were rarely made. This vase possesses the distinctive S-curve of maebyeong made in the period between late Goryeo and early Joseon dynasties. With the design on the body divided into four horizontal areas, the vase is decorated with a band of lotus petals inlaid on the shoulder and the base. The central portion is decorated with lotus, willow, and birds in black and white inlay. The layout of the designs shows influence from Goryeo celadon wares with inlaid designs from the fourteenth century, but detailed expressions are noticeably exaggerated and distorted. It is a fine work of art illustrating the distinctive features of the Joseon buncheong ware made in the fifteenth century. From "Korean Art Collection in the Brooklyn Museum" catalogue.


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