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Celadon Bottle with Inlaid Lotus, Scroll, and Dragon Design in Underglaze Copper

UnknownGoryeo Dynasty, 13th century

Horim Museum

Horim Museum

This celadon bottle, dating back to the Goryeo Dynasty, has a long neck that is erected upright and a slightly open mouth. It is a rather big bottle, which widens gradually from the shoulder, and then expands fully at the bottom part of the bottle and narrows again. It has height of 38.3 cm, mouth diameter of 6.9 cm, and base diameter of 12 cm. It continues with a curved line thatlooks close to a straight line until it reaches the waist, where it has maximum circumference. Although the lower part of the body narrows drastically, it still maintains overall stability since the heel is short and wide. The glaze used on the bottle is grayish blue and transparent, and there are thin cracks all over the surface. The upper part of the bottle shows a light brown color due to partial oxidation, and the condition of glaze coating is not good. The neck area has six sectors, three of which contain designs of lightning and lotus flowers inlaid in white; the other sectors beneath contain designs of lotus flowers, chrysanthemums, clouds, and cranes inlaid in black and white. Around the shoulder are flower designs in white color, with three dots made with oxidized copper paint put inside the flower band. There are four big circles around the body of the bottle, and a portrayal of a dragon holding a cintamani -- or a wish-granting jewel -- is found in each of these circles. The cintamani appears in red because it is colored with oxidized copper. The background is filled with lotus scrolls, and the blank space has the design of sequenced beads. This is a very rare piece made from a creative technique of combining the decoration effect of the splendor created by filling the surface of the bottle with large designs and brilliance of oxidized copper. It is presumed to have been produced around the 14th century.

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  • Title: Celadon Bottle with Inlaid Lotus, Scroll, and Dragon Design in Underglaze Copper
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: Goryeo Dynasty, 13th century
  • Physical Dimensions: h38.9 cm
  • Provenance: Horim Museum
  • Type: Porcelain

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