Pitcher with Inlaid Chrysanthemum and Peony Design

Pitcher with Inlaid Chrysanthemum and Peony Design

청자 상감 국화·모란무늬 참외모양 주전자 (靑磁象嵌菊牡丹文瓜形注子)

1200s

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Celadon ware with inlaid white and black slip decoration

Height with lid: 20.6 cm (8 1/8 in.); Outer diameter: 15 cm (5 7/8 in.)

Gift of John L. Severance 1917.357

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Fun Fact

The shape of this pitcher resembles is a type of yellow muskmelon cultivated mainly in East Asia.

Description

This melon-shaped pitcher is adorned with a delicate drawing that renders chrysanthemum buds with full blossoms in white and black inlays. In Korea, chrysanthemum flowers and leaves were made into both tea and wine. Chrysanthemum wine was enjoyed during the the Double Nine Festival (the ninth day of the ninth month in the lunar calendar) during which people pray for longevity.

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