Bottle decorated with flowering plant


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 233

This flask-shaped bottle decorated with iron-brown flowering plant is an excellent and rare example of buncheong ware. Iron-brown ornamentation was primarily implemented in the Gongju Hakbong-ri kilns in South Chungcheong Province, of which the Met’s jar with floral scroll (2006.241) is a good example. Differing from that jar with the partially covered slip on a dark clay body, this bottle has a finer, white clay body that is almost entirely covered in slip. The flowering plant is represented in a whimsical manner with confident brushwork. These qualities indicate that this bottle was produced at the Goheung Undae-ri kilns in South Jeolla Province, a region that predominately produced incised and sgraffito buncheong wares (1986.305 and 16.122.1). There are only two other known examples of intact bottles with this design and they are in Japanese and Korean museum collections.

Bottle decorated with flowering plant, Buncheong ware with white slip and iron-brown, Korea

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