DYNASTY CELADON STONEWARE BOTTLE JAR
Korea, 935 - 1392
The dish-mouthed bottle with a slender neck above an ovoid body and bearing a grey-green celadon glaze, unpainted with
an unusual straight side, as seen in “camel bottles”
Provenance: University of Virginia Art Museum, bearing the museum inventory number
Note: By the 14th century, the delicate early manufacturing techniques for making celadon had been lost. Most of the early
pieces are retrieved from graves, and faded with age and bear some damage. Korean celadon was regarded by the Chinese
Song as one of the 10 treasures of the world – “beyond description”. The Japanese, who had no porcelain until the 17th century,
regarded it as one of the 8 things closest to heaven, and used it in their religious tea ceremonies, kidnapping the Korean potters.
This traditional Korean form disappeared from Korea after the 16th century.
Condition: Good condition; wear consistent with age and use; minor fritting to lip rim, some firing crazing under glaze
Height: 9.75 in.
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