Bowl with Lotus Petal Design in Relief

Bowl with Lotus Petal Design in Relief

청자 양각 연판무늬 사발 (靑磁陽刻蓮瓣文碗)

1200s

Porcelain celadon ware

Bequest of John L. Severance 1942.721

Location

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The exterior decor that resembles an opening lotus flower was shaped in a carved wooden mold. Then the potter touched it up with incised details.

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. The outer wall of this tea bowl is decorated with the image of lotus flower, a symbol of purity.

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

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