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Bottle, late 12th or early 13th century


The wine bottle shape, with an ovoid body tapering gracefully into a tall, flaring neck, is one of the classic vessel shapes of the Goryeo dynasty. It occurs frequently in bronze as well as celadon, and also in ordinary gray black pottery. The decoration on this bottle—scrolling vines composed of white chrysanthemum blossoms and black leaves—is typical of the technique of fully slip-inlay (sanggam) celadon. The same designs appear repeatedly on other twelfth to thirteenth century examples.


(N.V. Hammer, Inc., New York);

purchased by Kimbell Art Foundation, Fort Worth, 1969.

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