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Celadon Maebyeong with Incised Lotus Scroll Design
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The gentle line of this maebyeong vase, from the rounded shoulders to the base, is characteristic of the beautiful curves of Goryeo celadon. The decoration on the surface is incised with a tool like a burin used to carve out clay and make a pattern on the body. The whole surface is boldly decorated with a lotus design incised in thick lines, the vines twining round the flowers in beautiful harmony with the shape of the vessel. It is designated as Korean National Treasure No. 97.

History of the Object
Early incised designs were executed in sharp, delicate lines but over time the lines grew softer. In the mid-12th century, when this jar was made, the design was sometimes executed by laying the burin sideways to carve out thick lines to create the effect of semi-relief.

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Type
Ceramics 
Materials
Celadon 
Measurements
Height 43.9 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 12th century ~ AD 12th century 
Creation date
12th Century; Goryeo Period 
Function
Bottle 
Acquisition
Purchased in 1910s 
Copyright
National Museum of Korea 
Acknowledgements
-National Museum of Korea, National Museum of Korea Digital Museum 2.0, Seoul: Cultural Foundation of National Museum of Korea, 2007 
Owner
National Museum of Korea 
Museum
National Museum of Korea 
Credit line
National Museum of Korea 

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