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Jar celadon with inlaid peony design
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Since designs of inlaid celadon are mostly thin lines, it is quite rare that such broad surfaces were inlaid very delicately like this celadon. Its shape is influenced by its contemporary bronze wares. Its elegant shape and its peony design are in harmony.

History of the Object
Inlay, or Sanggam, refers to the technique of carving out a design from the body of the vessel and filling it with different colors of clay before applying the glaze. The Inlay technique which is shown in this object, had been frequently used in lacquer and metal works but it was the Goryeo potters who first introduced the technique to ceramic art. This technological innovation is unprecedented in the world history of ceramics and is one of the most remarkable achievements of Goryeo potters.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
celadon with inlaid design 
Measurements
diameter of mouth 19.7cm, maximum diameter 34.5cm 
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 
Function
jar 
Acquisition
This object was purchased by the Royal Yi family in 1930, and the ownership was transferred to the National Museum of Korea in 1969. 
Copyright
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF KOREA 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Korean Government 
Museum
National Museum of Korea 
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