Lobed Vase, Celadon

UnknownGoryeo, 12th century

National Museum of Korea

National Museum of Korea

This celadon bottle was reportedly handed down from the tomb of King Injong (17th king of Goryeo, r. 1122-1146). It represents the very highest quality of both color and shape of 12th-century Goryeo celadon, and is thus an essential artifact for studying the celadon ware of the period. This style was originally derived from Chinese bronze liquor bottles; it was produced in ceramic form within the Northern Song Dynasty and then transmitted to Korea. But the Chinese versions of this bottle typically have a very large mouth and a voluptuous body, while this Goryeo bottle has a perfectly balanced shape, accentuated by the gorgeous glaze.

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  • Title: Lobed Vase, Celadon
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: Goryeo, 12th century
  • Location: Tomb of Injong in Paju, Gyeonggi-do Province, Korea
  • Physical Dimensions: h22.7 cm
  • Original Title: 청자 참외 모양 병
  • Type: Ceramic
  • Rights: National Museum of Korea