KOREAN INLAID CELADON BOWL
Early Yi Dynasty, 14th Century
The deep round pale green celadon slip-inlaid bowl with everted rim & a central inlaid floral medallion, surrounded
by inlaid flowerhead & foliate banded designs to the interior & exterior
Condition: Glaze skips and firing flaws
Note: 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. The culmination of celadon wares can be seen in inlaid (sanggam) celadon. The
delicate technique of sanggam involves etching the desired motifs on the dry clay body and filling in the carved space with black
and/or white slip, after which the translucent glaze is applied and the vessel fired.
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