Bowl with Inlaid Waterfowl, Willow, and Reed Design

청자 상감 유로수금무늬 사발 (靑磁象嵌柳蘆水禽文大碗)

Diameter of mouth: 19.7 cm (7 3/4 in.); Overall: 9.1 cm (3 9/16 in.)
Location: not on view
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This bowl with a lightly bent inward rim possibly takes the shape of an alms bowl by Buddhist monks.


As early as the seventh century, the practice of drinking tea and wine became an important part of elite leisure culture in Korea. A wide bowl like this example was especially suitable for drinking powdered tea shaved from a compressed tea cake, the most commonly enjoyed type during the Goryeo period. The inlaid image of ducks under willow trees on the inner wall of this tea bowl may have made the moment of drinking tea much enjoyable.
Bowl with Inlaid Waterfowl, Willow, and  Reed Design

Bowl with Inlaid Waterfowl, Willow, and Reed Design


Korea, Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)

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