Bowl with Peony Design in Relief

Bowl with Peony Design in Relief

청자 양각 모란무늬 사발 (靑磁陽刻牡丹文碗)

1200s

Pottery

Diameter of mouth: 18.1 cm (7 1/8 in.); Overall: 8.3 cm (3 1/4 in.)

Gift of John L. Severance 1921.690

Location

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Kangjin and Buan kilns in Jeolla province were the two major production centers for celadon wares during the Goryeo period (918-1392).

Description

As early as the seventh century, the practice of drinking tea and wine became an important part of elite leisure culture in Korea. A wide bowl like this example was especially suitable for drinking powdered tea shaved from a compressed tea cake, the most commonly enjoyed type during the Goryeo period. A large bloomed peony in relief on the inside of this tea bowl may have made the moment of drinking tea more enjoyable.

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

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