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
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.
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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