Unique celadon bowl found at Goryeo grave

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Unique celadon bowl found at Goryeo grave


Name: Celadon Bowl with Inlaid Scroll Design

Period: Middle Goryeo Period

Location: Yongsan District, Seoul

Status: National Treasure No. 115

This celadon bowl, made in the years when Goryeo reached the zenith of celadon art, has a height of 6.05 centimeters (2.38 inches), mouth dimension of 16.8 centimeters and foot dimension of 4.4 centimeters.

The bowl was excavated at the grave of Mun Gong-yu - an eminent Goryeo official who died in 1159 - in Gapyeong County, Gyeonggi, along with his memorial marker buried at the grave.

It is the oldest existing Goryeo celadon ware decorated by the unique inlaying technique developed by Goryeo potters.

In addition to the contrast and balance between the decorative motifs and colors and inlaying techniques, the bowl is widely praised for the attractively translucent celadon glaze evenly coating the surface.
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