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Flask, 15th century
Glazed porcellaneous stoneware with white slip and incised decoration (Buncheong ware)
8 1/2 x 6 inches (21.6 x 15.2 cm)
Purchased with the Henry B. Keep Fund and with funds contributed by Mrs. Howard H. Lewis and the Honorable Hugh Scott, 1993
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Looking Questions

  • What adjectives would you use to describe this vessel?
  • Is it fancy, elaborate, elegant, smooth, simple, rustic, or rough?
  • Describe the shape of the flask. Hint: spout (mouth), body and bottom rim (foot), etc.
  • What designs do you see?
  • How were the designs created?
  • Were the designs made slowly or quickly?
  • Who might have used this? Why?

Art Activity: Simplified Drawing

On this flask, the artist has used a few energetic lines to capture the essence of flowers. Set up a still life with flowers and fruits. Have your students draw a section of the still life as accurately as possible, concentrating on detail. On a new piece of paper, students should draw the same thing quickly with simple lines. Have your students share their drawings with the rest of the class and discuss their experiences and results.

Group Activity: Field Trip

Clay objects can be decorated using a wide variety of techniques, including incised decoration, painted decoration, inlaid (sanggam) decoration, and decoration achieved by pressing clay into a mold. Have students create a notebook page with definitions for each decorating technique. Then pay a visit to a local museum that displays Asian art. Have your students find examples of ceramic objects that are decorated using each technique.

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