Bowl with Lotus Petal Design in Relief


The Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland, United States

As early as the seventh century, the practice of drinking tea and wine became an important part of elite leisure culture in Korea. A wide bowl like this example was especially suitable for drinking powdered tea shaved from a compressed tea cake, the most commonly enjoyed type during the Goryeo period. The outer wall of this tea bowl is decorated with the image of lotus flower, a symbol of purity.

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  • Title: Bowl with Lotus Petal Design in Relief
  • Date Created: 1200s
  • Type: Ceramic
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1942.721
  • Medium: porcelain celadon ware
  • Original Title: 청자 양각 연판무늬 사발 (靑磁陽刻蓮瓣文碗)
  • Fun Fact: The exterior decor that resembles an opening lotus flower was shaped in a carved wooden mold. Then the potter touched it up with incised details.
  • Department: Korean Art
  • Culture: Korea, Goryeo period (918-1392)
  • Credit Line: Bequest of John L. Severance
  • Collection: Korean Art
  • Accession Number: 1942.721

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