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Bird Shaped Ewer with Crowned Rider Holding a Bowl

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

Date:

Goryeo dynasty (918–1392), 12th century

Artist:

Korea

About this artwork

One of the notable artistic accomplishments of the Goryeo period was the production of sculptural celadon ceramics, such as this ingenious duck-shaped vessel. The duck’s extended tail is swept upwards to form a handle, which supports a human figure holding a bowl that wine would have been poured into, and its beak is fashioned into a spout. The human figure wears a headdress and a flowing robe, indicating that he is a Daoist immortal and suggesting that this ewer was used for ritual or ceremonial purposes. In its carefully rendered details and beautifully translucent color, this vessel is both a technical tour de force and a playfully charming object for admiration and delight.

Status

On View, Gallery 131

Department

Arts of Asia

Title

Bird Shaped Ewer with Crowned Rider Holding a Bowl

Origin

Korea

Date

1100–1199

Medium

Stoneware with celadon glaze and underglaze incised decoration

Dimensions

21.4 × 17.7 × 13.2 cm (8 1/2 × 7 × 5 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Russell Tyson

Reference Number

1964.1213

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