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Vase (Maebyeong)

Artist/maker unknown, Korean

Made in Korea, Asia

12th century

Porcellaneous stoneware with incised decoration under celadon glaze

16 x 9 1/2 inches (40.6 x 24.1 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

* Gallery 337, Asian Art, third floor

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Credit Line:
Purchased with the Fiske Kimball Fund and the Marie Kimball Fund, 1974

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One of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s most treasured pieces, this vase is a supreme example of the understated elegance of celadon-glazed stoneware made during the Goryeo dynasty (918–1392). The skillfully incised designs include flowering lotus, mallow, herons, scrolled leaves, and magical fungi of eternity.

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