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Celadon Vase with Fish-like Dragon Handles
Sinan 6558
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This bottle is coated with a soft, light glaze, making it look almost like a piece of green jade. The distinctive color is indicative of ceramics produced during the peak of the Longquan kilns. In addition, the refined shape, modeled after bronzeware, exemplifies the elegance of ceramics used in the royal palace of the Song Dynasty.

History of the Object
This celadon bottle was made in the Longquan (龍泉) kilns in Zhejiang Province, China, and it was found at the bottom of the sea, from a shipwreck that is estimated to have occurred sometime in the early 14th century near Sinan, located in a cluster of small islands in southwest Korea. More than 30,000 artifacts were recovered from the Sinan shipwreck, which was a single merchant vessel sailing from China to Japan. The recovered items include personal belongings of the passengers and crew of the ship, as well as the ship’s commercial cargo, which consisted largely of earthenware and ceramics, much of which was produced from the Longquan kilns. Thus, the Sinan shipwreck artifacts provide us with a fascinating, in-depth look at the lifestyle of the period.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Celadon 
Measurements
 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Dodeok-do, Bangchuk-ri, Jido-myeon, Sinan-gun, Jeollanam-do 
Geography
 
Time period
AD 14th century ~ AD 14th century 
Creation date
Yuan Dynasty (14th century) 
Function
Food storage  
Acquisition
 
Copyright
The National Museum of Korea 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
The National Museum of Korea 
Museum
National Museum of Korea 
Credit line
The National Museum of Korea 

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