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Bowl with Incised Parrot Design

Bowl with Incised Parrot Design

Overall: 8.6 cm (3 3/8 in.)
Location: not on view

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On the base of this tea bowl, three small spur marks made of bits of clay remain visible, indicating an individual protective casing of fire clay (saggar).


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 image of flying parrots inscribed on the inner wall of this tea bowl may have made the moment of drinking tea much enjoyable.
  • Purchased from the W. R. Warner Collection.
  • Jang, Nam-won. "The Tea and Celadons during the Goryeo Dynasty : Considering the Celadon Tea Utensils [고려시대 茶文化와 靑瓷]." Misulsa nondan (2007): 129-162.
    Goryeo Dynasty: Korea's Age of Enlightenment, 918-1392. San Francisco: Asian Art Museum, 2003.
    Goryeo: The Glory of Korea [대고려, 그 찬란한 도전]. Seoul: National Museum of Korea, 2018.
    Pak, Youngsook, and Roderick Whitfield. Earthenware and Celadon. London: Laurence King, 2003.
    Choi, Myeong-ji. "A Study of Goryeo Celadon Excavated from the Sea off Taean's Daeseom Island [泰安 대섬 海底 出水 高麗靑磁의 양상과 제작시기 연구]." Misulsahak yeongu 279-280 (December 2013): 35-65.
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