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.
Stoneware with celadon glaze
first half 12th century
Height: 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm)
Diameter at mouth: 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm)
Diameter at base: 2 7/16 in. (6.2 cm)
The Peggy N. and Roger G. Gerry Collection
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