MELON-SHAPED VASE

 Celadon
Accession No.00415
CollectionThe ATAKA Collection
KilnSadang-ri, Gangjin, Chollanam-do
Date 1Goryeo dynasty
Date 212th Century
PhotographPhotographs: MUDA Tomohiro
DescriptionThis vase has eight grooves running vertically on the body, representing the natural shape of a melon. The mouth opens wide like a morning glory while the pleated foot also flares out downward. There is a similar example in the National Museum of Korea, which was excavated along with the life record of the 17th king of the Goryeo dynasty Injong (r.1122-1146), thus it is believed to be a standard form commonly produced in the first half of the 12th century. The glaze color of this vase, also a contemporary piece, has the beautiful jade color (called bisaek) that is unique to Goryeo celadon. Several shards of a similar piece was excavated from a kiln site at Sadang-ri in Gangjin-gun, Jeollanam-do.

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