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