Bowl with Incised Parrot Design

Bowl with Incised Parrot Design

청자 음각 앵무새 무늬 사발 (靑磁陰刻鸚鵡文碗)

1100s-1200s

Celadon ware with incised decoration

Diameter of mouth: 10.9 cm (4 5/16 in.); Overall: 6 cm (2 3/8 in.)

Gift of John L. Severance 1918.482

Location

Did you know?

As early as the seventh century, the practice of drinking tea and wine became an important part of elite leisure culture in Korea.

Description

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 image of flying parrots incised on the inner wall of this tea bowl must have made the moment of drinking tea more enjoyable and even magical.

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

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