Korean Collection

Pedestaled Ceremonial Stand is a high, hollow pedestal with imposing proportions, strong, solid form, and integrated decoration of square apertures and combed patterns.
Pedestaled Ceremonial Stand
Pedestaled Ceremonial Stand
Pedestaled Ceremonial Stand is a high, hollow pedestal with imposing proportions, strong, solid form, and integrated decoration of square apertures and combed patterns.

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.
Mirror with Dragons is a Korean bronze mirror with two lively dragons chasing pearls, or flaming jewels, decorate the primary field around a central lotus petal medallion.
Mirror with Dragons
Mirror with Dragons
Mirror with Dragons is a Korean bronze mirror with two lively dragons chasing pearls, or flaming jewels, decorate the primary field around a central lotus petal medallion.

Mirror with Dragons

Korean
Koryo period (918–1392)
11th–13th century
Bronze
9 1/4 in. diameter (23.5 cm diameter)
AG 1973.07
Bronze mirrors were essential items in the toilet sets of aristocratic ladies; they survive because of the East Asian custom of placing them in tombs. As with other luxury goods so deposited, the mirrors were meant to be used by the dead in the spirit world.
Bowl from Korea, made of stoneware with dark green and white inlay and celadon glaze.
Bowl
Bowl
Bowl from Korea, made of stoneware with dark green and white inlay and celadon glaze.

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 made of stoneware with black and white inlay and celadon glaze.
Cosmetic Box
Cosmetic Box
Cosmetic Box made of stoneware with black and white inlay and celadon glaze.

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.
Detail of handle, spout, lid, and body of decorated ewer
Ewer
Ewer
Detail of handle, spout, lid, and body of decorated 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 made of stoneware with celadon glaze. The cup is incised and in the form of six lobes.
Wine Cup and Stand
Wine Cup and Stand
Wine Cup and Stand made of stoneware with celadon glaze. The cup is incised and in the form of six lobes.

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.
Detail of tall neck and panelled designs of scrolling vines composed of white chrysanthemum blossoms and black leaves
Bottle
Bottle
Detail of tall neck and panelled designs of scrolling vines composed of white chrysanthemum blossoms and black leaves

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 is a painting on silk of a holy man. The sparsely bearded figure of an old man holding a walking staff resembles conventional depictions of San Shin, the Mountain Spirit, however, his bald head surrounded by a halo, and monk’s robes, suggests a Buddhist holy man, or arhat.
Arhat and Deer
Arhat and Deer
Arhat and Deer is a painting on silk of a holy man. The sparsely bearded figure of an old man holding a walking staff resembles conventional depictions of San Shin, the Mountain Spirit, however, his bald head surrounded by a halo, and monk’s robes, suggests a Buddhist holy man, or arhat.

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.