Melon-shaped ewer with bamboo decoration

Period: Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)

Date: first half of the 12th century

Culture: Korea

Medium: Stoneware with carved and incised design under celadon glaze

Dimensions: H. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Roger G. Gerry, 1996

Accession Number: 1996.471

Description

This elegant ewer demonstrates the Goryeo potter’s technical skill and conceptual sophistication in transforming everyday motifs from nature—in this case, a melon and bamboo—into a functional and aesthetically pleasing vessel.

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