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Wine bottle
AK-MAK-590
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The bottle is covered with a thin layer of blue-green glaze, so thin, in fact, that the skin of the bottle can be seen through the glaze at the bottom. In the grooves, where it has accumulated, the glaze is slightly darker. This type of glaze is known as 'celadon'. Celadon is a Western term for a whole range of at least partly transparent glazes of a grey-green or blue-green colour. The Koreans copied the celadon glaze technique from potters in neighbouring China, but in time they developed a number of variants of their own.

History of the Object
The bottle, made of very hard stoneware, was produced in Korea in the twelfth or thirteenth century. This was a period in which Korean culture flourished. The inlay technique and chrysanthemum motif are characteristic for Korean art of that period.

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Type
Ceramics 
Materials
Stoneware, celadon glaze and gold lacquer 
Measurements
h. 34 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 12th century ~ AD 13th century 
Creation date
12th Century -13th Century 
Function
Wine bottle 
Acquisition
inheritance 1968 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Vereniging van Vrienden der Aziatische Kunst. Long term loan Rijksmuseum Amsterdam 1972 
Museum
Rijksmuseum 
Credit line
 

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