Celadon Jar with Inlaid Peony Design

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Celadon Jar with Inlaid Peony Design


This exquisite celadon jar from the Goryeo era (918-1392) has a height of 20.1 centimeters (7.91 inches), mouth diameter of 20.7 centimeters and base diameter of 14.8 centimeters.

It is decorated with a pair of peony sprays inlaid on both the front and back of its surface.

The floral motifs are large enough to fill almost the entire surface and are elaborately rendered down to the veins of the flower petals.

The artist used, quite sensibly, black and white slips for the leaves and flowers, respectively, thus realizing a wonderful color contrast and highlighting the symmetrical arrangement of each motif.

The surface is evenly and thinly coated with translucent celadon glaze that emits a delightful grayish-green luster.

Experts believe - from the quality of glazing and the shape of the jar - that it was made in the 12th century, when Goryeo had its heyday in celadon art.

The celadon jar is particularly highly regarded for the masterful use of the “area-inlay” technique.

Name: Celadon Jar with Inlaid Peony Design

Period: Middle Goryeo Period

Location: Yongsan District, Seoul

Status: National Treasure No. 98

*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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