Bowl with incised pattern of paired phoenixes

Accession Number

Bowl with incised pattern of paired phoenixes


Artist Nationality
Korean (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
late 11th century -early 12th century

Medium & Support
stoneware with celadon glaze

2 3/8 x 7 5/8 x 7 5/8 in. (6 x 19.3 x 19.3 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Bruce and Inta Hasenkamp and Museum purchase made possible by Elder and Mrs. Sang-Yong Nam

Subject matter
Parrot design is described long tail, elliptical head and crooked beak resembling phoenixes. It was found on the bowl or vessel of the Goryeo Dynasty. Bird design represents family happiness, status rising and longevity.

Physical Description

The inner surface of this bowl features an incised design of two parrots with long tails resembling phoenixes. e entire body of the bowl was glazed including the rim of the foot, on which remain three quartzite spur marks. Although some fireclay has fallen inside the kiln during ring and adhered to the inner surface of the bowl, the state of sintering is good. The piece as a whole is a high-quality ware with a glossy surface and a fine color of glaze. The base of the foot is cracked which occurred while drying before the application of glaze.
[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2014) p.94]

high quality, incised, double-parrot motif shallow bowl, nice shallow fully glazed foot, three spur marks, firing discoloration, kiln trash fall on glaze, 11th century.

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type

Additional Object Classification(s)
Decorative Arts

Collection Area

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bowls (vessels)
celadon (glaze)
ceramic (material)
stoneware (pottery)

2 Related Resources

Cabinet N: Shelf 3
(Part of: Albertine Monroe-Brown Study-Storage Gallery)
Celadon & Jade
(Part of: Tremel Ceramic Production Collection)

& Author Notes

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On display

UMMA Gallery Location ➜ AMH, 2nd floor ➜ 205 (Albertine Monroe-Brown Study-Storage Gallery) ➜ Cabinet N ➜ Shelf 3