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.
- Covered Oil Bottle with Flowering Lotus and Scrolling Leaves
- North Korea
- Stoneware with underglaze carved and incised decoration
- H. 7.4 cm (2 15/16 in); diam. 8.9 cm (3 9/16 in)
- Gift of Dorothy Braude Edinburg to the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection