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Covered Oil Bottle with Flowering Lotus and Scrolling Leaves

A work made of stoneware with underglaze carved and incised decoration.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of stoneware with underglaze carved and incised decoration.

Date:

Goryeo dynasty (918–1392), 12th century

Artist:

Korea

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, Gallery 131

Title

Covered Oil Bottle with Flowering Lotus and Scrolling Leaves

Origin

North Korea

Date

1100–1199

Medium

Stoneware with underglaze carved and incised decoration

Dimensions

H. 7.4 cm (2 15/16 in); diam. 8.9 cm (3 9/16 in)

Credit Line

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

Reference Number

2013.285

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