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Bottle with Incised and Sgraffito Fish Design

Bottle with Incised and Sgraffito Fish Design

분청사기 박지 물고기무늬 병 (粉靑沙器剝地蓮魚文甁)

1400s-1500s

Stoneware with incised design (Buncheong ware)

Outer diameter: 17 cm (6 11/16 in.); Overall: 30.6 cm (12 1/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1962.153

Description

This whimsical bottle is classified as Buncheong 분청 (literally, powdered green). Flourishing during the 1400s–1500s, Buncheong indicates pottery with iron-rich clay decorated with white slip. After firing, the color of the clay body usually became greenish-gray due to its high iron content. Korean artists tried to emulate the white porcelain wares of the Chinese Ming period, although the result was not the same. On the surface coated with white slip, the image of a smiling fish is carved in bold lines, a technique distinctive to Jeolla province, a southwest region of the Korean peninsula.

See also
Collection: 
Korean Art
Department: 
Korean Art
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic

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