Celadon melon-shaped bottle with peony design

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Celadon melon-shaped bottle with peony design

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This melon-shaped celadon bottle, made in the period when Goryeo reached the zenith in celadon art, has a height of 25.6 centimeters (10 inches), mouth diameter of 9.1 centimeters, and foot diameter of 9.4 centimeters.

The bottle is marked by a melon-shaped body, a long neck encircled in the middle by two lines inlaid in a white slip, a widely flaring mouth in the shape of a melon flower, and the base in the shape of a pleated skirt.

The melon shape of the bottle originated in Tang China, but Goryeo potters were able to add their own aesthetic taste and style to the form.

Experts believe that the eight-lobed bottle, designated as National Treasure No. 94, was made in one of the old kilns in Yucheon-ri, Buan County, North Jeolla.
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