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Korean Ceramics
Korean Buddhist Painting
Korea; Koryo period (918-1392), 12th century
Stoneware with carved design under glaze
H. 3 3/8 in. (8.6 cm); D. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm)
Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection of Asian Art
The exterior of this bowl is incised with two layers of lotus petals, a flower that was both symbolic of Buddhism and a popular decorative motif on East Asian ceramics. Celadon bowls of similar design were also produced at Yue ware kilns in China during the Five Dynasties and Song dynasty. The green color of Yue celadons, however, tend to be of a paler gray-green tone. The consumers of celadon in the Koryo dynasty, particularly before and during the peak production period of the 12th century, were generally limited to the royal court and the aristocracy. As luxury items, celadons were not only used as special tableware or decorative objects but were sometimes buried in tombs along with the deceased.
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