Vertical striations and the signature pale green of celadon glaze give this ewer the appearance of a melon, a popular shape for vessels at this time. Etched floral motifs—some decorating the body of the ewer and others filled with black and white glaze on the accompanying cups—complete this celebration of natural imagery.
Celadon ware dominated ceramic production in Korea during the height of the Goryeo dynasty (918–1392). Inspired by Chinese celadon techniques, Goryeo artists created a uniquely Korean ceramic style notable for its inlaid glaze designs. Though celadon objects traveled to the “West” from China, Japan, and Korea, the English word used to describe them offers a distinctly European reference: Céladon, the romantic lead of a seventeenth-century French pastoral novel known for his vibrant green clothes, now shares his name with a material history in which he played no part.
drinking; eating; flowers; fruit
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