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Celadon pillow with inlaid chrysanthemum design
GPM-5134
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This is a rectangular celadon pillow. The middle of the body is narrow and both ends are flared widely to accommodate the head. Each head end has a hole at the centre and is decorated with an inlaid cloud designs. The body is decorated with inlaid vine scrolls filled with white slip. The edge of each of the four sides of the body is decorated with double inlaid lines filled with white slip . The most important designs are the dual clusters of inlaid chrysanthemums filled with white slip that appear on two of the faces. On the other two faces are double circles in which there are cut chrysanthemums and clusters of three chrysanthemums. This pillow was laid on one side for firing. Four big silicon support pellets are found on one side. Pale-green celadon glaze was applied, and crazing is found on the front side. The overall composition of the inlaid designs, glaze, and the proportions of the pillow are well balanced.

History of the Object
It is a porcelain pillow from the late Goryeo Dynasty. This piece seems to have been made in the area around Jeollanam-do Province during the 13th century.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
clay, stain, enamel 
Measurements
Width 11.7 Height 9.8 Length 24.4  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 13th century ~ AD 13th century 
Creation date
13th Century; 1292 (“year of the male water-dragon”), according to the inscription 
Function
Pillow 
Acquisition
Acquired in 2003 by the Gyeonggi Provincial Museum from an art dealer, Jang, Jae-chang. The museum bought it because this type of piece is rare.  
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Owner
Gyeonggi Provincial Museum 
Museum
Gyeonggi Provincial Museum 
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