Prunus Vase with Inlaid Clouds and Flying Cranes Design

Prunus Vase with Inlaid Clouds and Flying Cranes Design

청자 상감 운학무늬 매병 (靑磁象嵌雲鶴文梅甁)

1300s

Celadon ware with inlaid white and black slip decoration

Outer diameter: 20.4 cm (8 1/16 in.); Overall: 37 cm (14 9/16 in.)

Gift of John L. Severance 1921.634

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Prunus vases such as this one are often believed to contain a branch of plum blossoms, but recent research reveals that these lidded vases were also used to contain cooking liquid such as sesame oil.

Description

As early as the seventh century, the practice of drinking tea and wine became an important part of elite culture in Korea. Once used to store alcoholic beverages, this type of vase features a wide body followed by a sharply rounded shoulder, a short neck and a small opening. Most of the remaining examples no longer have a lid, but originally it may have had a lid that not only covered the opening, but also served as a cup.

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