Gourd-shaped ewer decorated with waterfowl and reeds

Period: Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)

Date: early 12th century

Culture: Korea

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)

Classification: Ceramics

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.