Period: Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)
Date: early 12th century
Medium: Stoneware with carved and incised design under celadon glaze
Dimensions: H. 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm); W. 7 7/8 in. (20 cm)
Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1927
Accession Number: 27.119.2
The decoration of ducks and geese amid reeds, expertly and sensitively rendered, demonstrates an appreciation for pictorial realism. Goryeo celadon features both naturalistic and more abstract designs. Examples such as this ceramic vessel provide a glimpse of what secular painting from the Goryeo dynasty might have looked like, given that so few actual painted images survive.