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Vase (Maebyong) with Clouds, Flying Cranes, and Children amid Bamboo

Pale green vase decorated with clouds, cranes,  and children playing near bamboo trees
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  • Pale green vase decorated with clouds, cranes,  and children playing near bamboo trees

Date:

Goryeo dynasty (918–1392), late 12th century

Artist:

Korea

About this artwork

Celadon or green-glazed stoneware is one of the greatest achievements of Korea’s Goryeo dynasty. Goryeo potters absorbed Chinese techniques and surpassed that country’s examples by further refining a technique known as sanggam. The time-consuming and complex process of sanggam involves carving a motif, then filling it with white and/or red clay (which turns black after firing) before applying the final bluish-green glaze. This vase is decorated with two large oval-like frames containing a scene of children playing in a bamboo garden, and a motif of cranes flying through clouds, symbolizing a wish for fertility and longevity.

On View

Arts of Asia, Gallery 131

Title

Vase (Maebyong) with Clouds, Flying Cranes, and Children amid Bamboo

Origin

Korea

Date

1175–1199

Medium

Celadon-glazed stoneware with underglaze inlaid decoration of black and white clays

Dimensions

33.5 cm (13 1/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. Russell Tyson

Reference Number

1950.1626

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