Maebyeong decorated with cranes and clouds

Period: Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)

Date: late 13th century

Culture: Korea

Medium: Stoneware with inlaid design under celadon glaze

Dimensions: H. 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm); Diam. 7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm); Diam. of base 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1927

Accession Number: 27.119.11


This quintessentially Korean maebyeong (plum bottle), with its voluptuous form and an eye-catching design of large cranes and clouds, was produced at the famous celadon kiln site at Buan Yucheon-ri in North Jeolla Province. The gold repair on the mouth indicates that the bottle was once a treasured piece in a Japanese collection.