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Celadon Gourd-shaped Ewer with Underglaze Copper-red Lotus Design
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The unique celadon ewer in the shape of a gourd possesses a gently curving handle and spout. The body and lid are carved to represent lotus leaves blooming one on top of the other with the upper and lower portions divided respectively into two and three layers. The veins of each petal are delicately incised, with copper-red outlines and occasional white dots serving to further enliven the overall effect. A boy sits on the neck holding a lotus bud in his hand while a small frog is poised to jump from the handle. The eyes of both the boy and the frog are accented with a thick, lustrous pale-green celadon glaze with minute air bubbles trapped beneath the surface. The glaze is unevenly applied around the base. The foot is neatly carved and reddish-brown spur marks from the firing process remain on the underside of the base. It is designated as Korean National Treasure No. 133.

History of the Object
As an impressive example of underglaze copper-red ornament, which was used for the first time in the world during the Goryeo period, this ewer demonstrates the impressive skill attained by Goryeo potters. In addition to providing vivid evidence of their deep love of nature and rich imagination, this ewer, with its proven date of production, is an invaluable source for ceramic research.

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Type
Ceramics 
Materials
Celadon 
Measurements
H. 32.5 cm (total), D. 16.8 (body), 11.2 (base) 
Creator name
Anonymous 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 13th century ~ AD 13th century 
Creation date
13th Century; Goryeo Period 
Function
Ewer 
Acquisition
It is the official position of the Leeum Museum not to publish the provenance of its collection. 
Copyright
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art 
Museum
Leeum Samsung Museum of Art 
Credit line
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art 

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