Pitcher with Inlaid Figure and Willow Design

Pitcher with Inlaid Figure and Willow Design

청자 상감 인물무늬 주전자 (靑磁象嵌人物文注子)

1200s

Celadon ware with inlaid white and black slip decoration

Diameter: 14.3 cm (5 5/8 in.); Overall: 20.4 cm (8 1/16 in.)

Gift of John L. Severance 1917.356

Description

Representations of the elite’s elegant gatherings also appear on craft art designs, particularly depictions of the four accomplishments celebrated as cultivated pastimes by the scholar-literati elite—that is, playing stringed instruments and chess, and practicing calligraphy and painting. The image on this rare Korean inlaid celadon of two figures sitting together under a tree is comparable to renderings featuring the accomplishment motif of playing chess, or baduk in Korean.

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