Celadon Kundika with In­laid Wil­low De­sign

JoongAng Daily - - Culture | Korean Heritage -

This celadon kundika, made in the early Go­ryeo Pe­riod has a height of 20 cen­time­ters (7.9 inches) and a bot­tom di­am­e­ter of 8.9 cen­time­ters. Items of this kind were used for Bud­dhist cer­e­monies to cleanse evil. But this spe­cific piece dis­plays a hint of Western style, in­tro­duced through China, while at the same time em­body­ing the re­fined aes­thet­ics of the Go­ryeo Pe­riod. This work, re­garded as the most ex­cel­lent among oth­ers, shows a wil­low, reed, lo­tus and a pair of man­darin ducks in­laid with white clay un­der glaze of jade green. In the neck of the bot­tle, one pe­ony blos­som is in­laid in both sides. The mouth of the bot­tle is oc­tag­o­nal and is ver­ti­cally placed over the neck of the bot­tle. Another open­ing, placed on the side of its round shoul­der, was where peo­ple poured in the wa­ter. There should be a lid for that open­ing, but it is lost now.

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