Celadon Prunus Vase with Inlaid Cloud, Crane Design

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Celadon Prunus Vase with Inlaid Cloud, Crane Design

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This prunus vase from the Goryeo era has a unique, rich and soft beauty with lines that are distinctive of the 12th-century Goryeo Period.

Its height is 42.1 centimeters (16.6 inches) while the diameter of its spout measures 6.2 centimeters. Its bottom is 17 centimeters.

The spout of the bottle is narrow and low, but it widens a little on the outside. Its shoulders are wide and dignified.

Flowers decorate the bottom part of the spout while lotuses are depicted on its upper side.

Clouds and cranes can be seen across the entire body. The cranes are portrayed as if they are flying to the sky. It is interesting to see that they are heading in different directions. Experts say that this appears to reflect an aspiration for freedom while also having the effect of expanding space in the surface of the porcelain.

This piece is considered to represent Goryeo porcelain’s refined state as well as the creativity of the era’s people.


Name: Celadon Prunus Vase with Inlaid Cloud and Crane Design

Period: Goryeo Dynasty

Location: Seongbuk District, Seoul

Status: National Treasures No. 68

*The photos and text for National Treasure are provided by the Cultural Heritage Administration. For more information, call (042) 481-4650 or visit www.cha.go.kr

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