Korean Collection

Pedestaled Ceremonial Stand
Pedestaled Ceremonial Stand

Pedestaled Ceremonial Stand

Korean
Silla Kingdom (57 B.C.–A.D. 668)
5th–6th century
Gray stoneware
H. 13 in. (33 cm); Diam. 15 3/4 in. (40 cm)
AP 1996.05
This large pedestal probably served as a support for a large round-bottomed jar. Made for use by the living, it was no doubt later included in a tomb as part of a funerary offering.
Bowl
Bowl

Bowl

Korean
Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)
12th or 13th century
Stoneware with dark green and white inlay and celadon glaze
H. 2 5/16 in. (5.8 cm); Diam. 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)
AP 1970.11
The interior of this bowl displays a variation on the slip-inlay technique known as reverse inlay (yoksanggam), in which the background portion of the design is carved out and filled with white slip.
Cosmetic Box
Cosmetic Box

Cosmetic Box

Korean
Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)
12th or 13th century
Stoneware with black and white inlay and celadon glaze
H. 1 9/16 in. (4 cm); Diam. 3 9/16 in. (9 cm)
AP 1972.15 a,b
Cosmetic boxes and small squat oil bottles were made for the court and aristocrats in the Koryo dynasty. The boxes all have flat lids with rounded shoulders, a shape that had its origins in the metalwork of the time.
Ewer
Ewer

Ewer

Korean
Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)
12th or 13th century
Stoneware with celadon glaze over underglaze iron oxide
H. 7 7/8 in. (20 cm); Diam. 5 1/16 in. (12.9 cm)
AP 1972.14 a,b
Painted celadons dating to the Koryo dynasty bear resemblance to Chinese Cizhou wares and seem to represent a transition between the plain glazed and the inlaid Korean celadons.
Wine Cup and Stand
Wine Cup and Stand

Wine Cup and Stand

Korean
Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)
12th century
Stoneware with celadon glaze
H. 3 15/16 in. (10 cm); Diam. 5 11/16 in. (14.5 cm)
AP 1970.12 a,b
Korean celadon wares, among the most highly prized of all Asian ceramics, were originally inspired by Chinese celadons of the Song dynasty (960–1279). The Korean glazes are more thinly applied than Chinese examples, and unstable kiln conditions produced wide variations in color.
Bottle
Bottle

Bottle

Korean
Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)
late 12th or early 13th century
Stoneware with black and white inlay and celadon glaze
H. 12 3/16 in. (31 cm); Diam. 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm)
AP 1969.12
The wine bottle shape, with an ovoid body tapering gracefully into a tall, flaring neck, is one of the classic vessel shapes of the Koryo dynasty. It occurs frequently in bronze as well as celadon, and also in ordinary gray black pottery.
Arhat and Deer
Arhat and Deer

Arhat and Deer

Korean
Joseon dynasty (1392–1910)
late 17th century
Ink, mineral pigments, and gold on silk
31 x 35 in. (78.7 x 88.9 cm)
AP 1995.06
The blending of Korean Shamanist and traditional Buddhist iconographies can be seen in this painting of an arhat and deer.