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Koryo Celadon Ewer
Koryo Dynasty 11th -12th c., A.D., Korea
Height: 14cm Length: 20.5cm
A stoneware pouring vessel with steep-walled bowl form and sharp shoulders surmounted by a shallow dome top, which has been decorated with a band of lightly incised scrolling floral depictions. The mouth-rim is of short, straight form, which bevels inward at the edge. A long, elegantly formed spout emanates from the upper body which is finished with a tear-shaped rim reminiscent of metalwork spouts originating in Persia. A thick double-strap handle curls up from the body and attaches to the shoulder and is surmounted with a small loop at its apex. The entire piece is covered with a crackled glaze of ideal minty blue-green color typical of celadons of the period.
Three small glaze crawls on the lower body and one minute rim chip repair. The spout has a crack in the center where it was reattached (all original).
A piece of identical form excavated at the Sanbo Shiwa Ancient Tomb and now in the Korean National Museum, appears in Sekai Touji Zenshu, Vol. 18, pg. 138.
Another example (with lid) is published in “An Introduction to Koryo Celadon”, Osaka Museum of Oriental Ceramics,1992. pg. 173. pl. 147. A piece of similar form, but with inlaid decoration is illustrated in the May 1969 Hobart Collection catalogs at Park Bernet Galleries, pl. 29.
From a private Japanese Collection and with Bunkacho export permit.