Melon-shaped Ewer with Incised Peony Design

청자 음각 모란무늬 참외모양 주자 (靑磁陰刻牧丹文瓜形注子)

vessel only: 18.3 cm (7 3/16 in.)
Location: not on view
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The shape of this pitcher resembles 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) when praying for longevity.
Melon-shaped Ewer with Incised Peony Design

Melon-shaped Ewer with Incised Peony Design


Korea, Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)

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