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Flute with Decoration of Chrysanthemums, Cranes and Clouds

Period:
Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)
Date:
early 13th century
Culture:
Korea
Medium:
Stoneware with inlaid design under celadon glaze
Dimensions:
L. 14 3/8 in. (36.5 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 2008
Accession Number:
2008.71
  • Description

    Bamboo flutes are known to have existed in Korea since at least the Unified Silla period (668–935), and clay flutes were made before the fourth century. An extremely rare example of a celadon musical instrument, this flute was probably custom-made and intended primarily as a decorative object rather than a functional instrument. The flying cranes, mushroom-shaped clouds, and miniature chrysanthemum blossoms inlaid along its cylindrical body are among the motifs most frequently used on Goryeo celadon.

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