Celadon with inlaid decoration
Overall: 19.1 x 25.4 x 0.3 cm (7 1/2 x 10 x 1/8 in.)
Gift of John L. Severance 1918.490
Celadon tiles such as this one were mainly produced in state kilns located in Kangjin and Buan, Jeolla province.
Celadons, spoons, seals, and bronze mirrors were the most common burial objects in tombs during the Goryeo period (918-1392). Furnishing tombs with an elaborate assemblage of objects was believed to honor and comfort the newly dead. This type of celadon tile, elegantly adorned with the image of flowers such as bloomed peonies and chrysanthemums, was used to embellish the interior of buildings.
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