PLAQUE

 Celadon with inlaid design of six cranes
Accession No.00038
CollectionThe ATAKA Collection
Date 1Goryeo dynasty
Date 212th-13th century
PhotographPhotographs: MUDA Tomohiro
DescriptionWhile this thin plaque, with a thickness of approximately five millimeters, is similar to the tiles used in architecture, the usage is unknown. Plaques were made in large numbers at the Sadang-ri kiln site in Gangjin-gun and Yuchun-ri kiln in Buan-gun. They were also excavated from the palace remains in Gaesong, the old capital of Goryeo, suggesting that the plaques could have been made for practical purposes. There are few examples of plaques remain intact in the world and this piece is especially rare in terms of its size and the pictorial decoration, in this case showing cranes frolicking at the waterside among reeds and bamboos. It is said that the poses the cranes are assuming derived from the illustration of six cranes from ancient China. Among the Goryeo celadon with inlaid design, this outstanding work reflects strong Goryeo-style artistic sensitivity.

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