Celadon Melon-Shaped Bottle
The bottle consists of an upright melon-shaped body, a fairly long neck with the flaring mouth shaped like a six-lobed flower and a rather tall foot shaped like a pleated skirt.
The entire body is evenly and lightly coated with light jade green glaze that made the Goryeo celadon ware so widely admired.
Noteworthy is the fact that, in connection with its production site, shards of the same type of celadon ware have been discovered at the Sadang-ri Kiln Nos. 7 and 8 in Gangjin, South Jeolla, although similar works have been excavated at some Goryeo tombs as well as some Cizhou Ware sites and Jingdezhen kilns in China.
Produced in the early 12th century when Goryeo reached the zenith in its celadon art, it is widely regarded as the most beautiful melon-shaped celadon vessel discovered so far with its graceful, charming body nicely coated with attractive jade green glaze.
Name: Celadon Melon-Shaped Bottle
Period: Middle Goryeo Period
Location: Yongsan District, Seoul
Status: National Treasure No. 94
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