Korea / Oil bottle / Koryô dynasty (918?1392), late 12th centuryKorea
Oil bottle
Koryô dynasty (918?1392), late 12th century

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Korean
Creator Dates/Places: Korea
Creator Name-CRT: Korea
Title: Oil bottle
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 1167
Creation End Date: 1199
Creation Date: KoryƓ dynasty (918?1392), late 12th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Stoneware with reverse inlaid design of peonies under celadon glaze
Dimensions: H. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm)

The time-consuming technique of inlay in celadon ware (sanggam) involves incising or carving the design into the unbaked, leather-hard clay with a needle or wooden tool and filling in the resulting depressions with a white or black substance. The piece is given a biscuit or first firing, then coated with a celadon glaze and fired again at a higher temperature. Although inlaid decoration was used in Chinese ceramics during the Tang (618?907) and Northern Song (960?1127) dynasties, it was not widespread and its application to celadon ware was never fully exploited. Among makers of KoryƓ celadon, however, it became a favored decorative technique, establishing a distinct and important category of Korean ceramics.

The decoration of this small bottle is a rare example of the technique of reverse inlay. The area around the design is carved away and the background then inlaid with a white substance, which, when the piece is glazed and fired, produces a green pattern against a cream-colored ground.

AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 17.175.9
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1917
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
Rights: http://www.metmuseum.org/education/er_photo_lib.asp
AMICA ID: MMA_.17.175.9
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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