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Bowl

Catalogue Description:
Shallow bowl with complex refined inlaid decoration, covered evenly with celadon glaze. Glazed foot rim. Interior is decorated with inlaid white slip of five branches of pomegranate surrounding a band of ru-yi with chrysanthemum at the center of interior. Exterior is decorated with inlaid arabesques in white slip and chrysanthemum blossoms in inlaid black and white slip. Five irregular spur marks at bottom. (From original catalogue card) These celadon bowls are characterized by a mouth with a slightly inverted rim and fruit designs inlaid with white slip that decorate the inner bottom and the inner wall. The outer surface of the wall is decorated with reverse inlaid vine design combined with chrysanthemum sprays inlaid with black and white slip. Vessels of this type were discovered at the royal tomb of King Myeongjong, built in 1202, and the Beophwasa Temple site in Jeju, revealing that they were made in the thirteenth century. The glaze covers the entire surface of the bowls except for the sturdy foot containing three spur marks. Compared to a similar bowl (Fig. 062_2_ which shows a slight yellow hue due to oxidization), these bowls are superior in terms of their glaze color and coating. From "Korean Art Collection in the Brooklyn Museum" catalogue.


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