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Covered Jar with Floral Motifs

A work made of stoneware with celadon glaze.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of stoneware with celadon glaze.


Goryeo dynasty (918–1392), 12th-13th century



About this artwork

Cosmetic containers in celadon were widely used by ladies of the court and aristocratic households during the Goryeo dynasty (918–1392). Often beautifully adorned with floral motifs, these containers held face powder, blush, hair oil, or fragrance, and became prized possessions among elite women. This particular example features intricately carved peonies, a symbol of wealth and beauty. Compared to later oil bottles, which tend to have a flatter body, this bottle displays a more bulbous shape.


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Arts of Asia


Covered Jar with Floral Motifs


North Korea (Artist's nationality:)

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Stoneware with celadon glaze


7.4 × 8.9 cm (2 15/16 × 3 9/16 in.); Diam.: 8.9 cm (3 9/16 in.)

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Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection

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