Vase in the Form of a Melon

Vase in the Form of a Melon

청자 참외모양 병 (靑磁瓜形甁)

1100s

Celadon

Overall: 25.2 cm (9 15/16 in.)

The Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Collection 1944.164

Location

Did you know?

The shape of this bottle resembles is a type of yellow muskmelon cultivated mainly in East Asia.

Description

As early as the seventh century, the practice of drinking tea and wine became an important part of elite culture in Korea. Elites of the Goryeo period commissioned a variety of types of utensils and vessels including this elegant bottle, not only to make their drinking experience more exciting, but also to show their appreciation of nature. During the Goryeo period (918-1392), kilns operated in Jeolla and Chungcheong provinces, meeting a soaring demand for high-quality tableware.

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

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