Wine Cask with Stamped Floral Decoration

분청사기 인화무늬 장군 (粉靑沙器印花文缶)

Outer diameter: 14.9 cm (5 7/8 in.); Overall: 19.8 cm (7 13/16 in.)
Location: not on view
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Did You Know?

In order to transfer liquid safely without spilling, the mouth of this vessel is small and placed in the middle.


A cask-shaped vessel, such as this work, is believed to have stored different kinds of liquids, including wine, sesame oil, and even water. Having its small mouth in the middle made it useful for not only storing a beverage but also carrying it to a ritual or ceremonial site.

To make this work, the artist first applied white slip, then used inlaid and stamped techniques as decorative patterns. Such repetitive and tactile expressions inspired many Korean modern and contemporary ceramic artists in response to the global trend of Abstract Expressionism.
Wine Cask with Stamped Floral Decoration

Wine Cask with Stamped Floral Decoration


Korea, Joseon dynasty (1392–1910)

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