In the thirteenth century, Goryeo-sponsored potters developed a distinctive method for decorating celadon ceramics. Ceramic decorators were able to “draw” in black and white on the pot surface by cutting shallow incisions in the light gray clay of the vessel and then filling the incisions with white or black clay. After polishing, the decorations remained flush with the surface of the vessel as if they had been painted on. The whole piece was then covered with celadon glaze and fired. The new technique was likely inspired by deluxe metalwork of the period, in which bronze and other alloys were inlaid with silver and gold.
Stoneware inlaid with black and white slip and celadon glaze
first half of the 13th century
Height: 2 13/16 in. (7.2 cm)
Diameter at mouth: 3 3/8 in. (8.7 cm)
Diameter at base: 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm) (show scale)
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Cup, first half of the 13th century. Stoneware inlaid with black and white slip and celadon glaze, Height: 2 13/16 in. (7.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, The Peggy N. and Roger G. Gerry Collection, 2004.28.45. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum (in collaboration with National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage, , CUR.2004.28.45_view1_Heon-Kang_photo_NRICH.jpg)
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