Ewer in the shape of a melon with inlaid floral and butterfly designsArtist(s)KoreanArtist NationalityKorean (culture or style)Object Creation Dateearly 12th centuryMedium & Supportstoneware with celadon glazeDimensions
7 11/16 x 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. (19.5 x 16.5 x 16.5 cm);1 7/16 x 2 5/16 x 2 5/16 in. (3.5 x 5.8 x 5.8 cm);6 13/16 x 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. (17.3 x 16.5 x 16.5 cm)Credit LineGift of Mrs. Caroline I. Plumer for the James Marshall Plumer CollectionSubject matter
broken handle not original, badly restored spout, lid is fake, a married piece
(visiting Korean curators from Ehwa University, notes by Min Li 7/07)Physical Description
It is in the shape of a sectioned melon. The body is vertically divided into ten sections and to create an embossed effect, the grooves between each two sections were pressed down slightly. The lid has a loop attached at the top. It is decorated on all sides with black and white inlaid design of butterfly, chrysanthemum and peony with stem and foliage. The spout and handle was broken and restored. The lid seems to be fake.
This is a ribbed ewer in the shape of a melon. It is decorated with black-and-white inlaid designs of peonies, chrysanthemums, and butterflies on the body, and yeoui-head designs around the mouth. Also on the lower part of the body are inlaid scrolls with white slip. Its outer base is glazed thoroughly, and it was supported with quartzite spurs in six places. The handle in the shape of a bamboo stem is currently broken off, while the spout and stopper have been repaired in places. The overall state of the vessel’s glaze and decorative designs, however, allow it to be categorized as a high-quality object.
Primary Object Classification Ceramic Primary Object TypeewerAdditional Object Classification(s)Decorative ArtsCollection AreaAsianRights
[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2014) p.133]
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ceramics (object genre)