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Bowl with Foliate Rim
Korea; Koryo period (918-1392), late 11th - early 12th century
Stoneware with incised design under glaze
H. 2 1/2 in. (6.4 cm); D. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)
Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection of Asian Art
The interior of this bowl is filled with a flowing, incised design of peonies. Echoing this floral pattern, the rim of the bowl is marked by small indentations, transforming the vessel itself into a large, open flower. Green-glazed ceramics, better known as celadon, represented the main type of refined ceramics manufactured during the Koryo dynasty. Initially lacking surface decoration and emphasizing the purity of form and color, celadon eventually became adorned with incised or inlaid designs. Around the time when this bowl was made, celadon was still relatively rare and expensive, even among elite society. In fact, vessels of gilt bronze or silver were more common than fine ceramics.
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