Cup with Inlaid Chrysanthemum Design

Cup with Inlaid Chrysanthemum Design

청자 상감 모란무늬 마상배 (白磁象嵌牡丹文馬上杯)

1200s-1300s

Pottery

Diameter of mouth: 6.9 cm (2 11/16 in.); Overall: 7.9 cm (3 1/8 in.)

Gift of John L. Severance 1921.653

Location

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This distinctively shaped cup with a pointy base is known to have been used on horseback.

Description

Toward the late 14th century, the overall quality of techniques involved in making celadon works sharply deteriorated. In contrast to translucent greenish blue celadon works of the 12th century, this drinking cup possibly dated to the late 14th century, has gray greenish glaze. And its inlaid design also shows a clear sign of decline in craftsmanship. Nevertheless, less attention to techniques gave a way to a freer style of pottery called buncheong in the succeeding centuries.

See also
Collection: 
Korean Art
Department: 
Korean Art
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic
Medium: 
Pottery

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