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On View: Asian Galleries, South, 2nd floor
Although these celadon bowls seem quite plain at first glance, both contain very delicate, hand-drawn decorations that were lightly incised into the clay before glazing. One bowl’s interior has a flower floating on barely visible ripples of water, while the other’s interior shows long-tailed birds flying. In both bases, the decorators appear to have used comblike instruments to create parallel, but gestural, lines in the clay.
MEDIUM Stoneware with celadon glaze
  • Place Made: Korea
  • DATES 12th century
    DYNASTY Goryeo dynasty
    DIMENSIONS Height: 2 7/16 in. (6.2 cm) Diameter at mouth: 4 9/16 in. (11.7 cm) Diameter at base: 1 5/16 in. (3.4 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 2004.28.165
    CREDIT LINE The Peggy N. and Roger G. Gerry Collection
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Asian Galleries, South, 2nd floor
    CAPTION Bowl, 12th century. Stoneware with celadon glaze, Height: 2 7/16 in. (6.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, The Peggy N. and Roger G. Gerry Collection, 2004.28.165. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum (in collaboration with National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage, Daejon, Korea), CUR.2004.28.165_view1_Heon-Kang_photo_NRICH_edited.jpg)
    IMAGE side, CUR.2004.28.165_view1_Heon-Kang_photo_NRICH_edited.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph (in collaboration with National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage, Daejon, Korea), 2005
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