Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)
late 12th–early 13th century
Stoneware with iron-brown and white-slip decoration of chrysanthemums under celadon glaze
H. 10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm); Diam. 6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm)
Gift of Samuel T. Peters, 1915
Maebyeong is a Korean transliteration of the Chinese term meiping, which means "plum bottle." Although some maebyeong might have been used as flower vases, this type of Goryeo celadon was originally a container for wine (a few of the surviving examples have cup-shaped lids). The characteristic Korean maebyeong has a distinctly curvilinear profile, with voluminous shoulders, a tapered waist, and a slightly flared bottom.
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