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Bird Shaped Ewer with Daoist Priest

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.


Goryeo dynasty (918–1392), 12th century



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.


On View, Gallery 131


Arts of Asia


Bird Shaped Ewer with Daoist Priest


Korea (Object made in)

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Stoneware with celadon glaze and underglaze incised decoration


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

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Bequest of Russell Tyson

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