Korea, antique celadon vase, decorated with birds and auspicious symbols, flouted base, with body tapering to bulbous shoulders, with a floral motif tapering to long neck, with flouted and scalloped lip. Height 9 1/2 in.
Freer-Sackler: Korean. During the Koryo dynasty, unglazed gray stoneware vessels were made as utilitarian counterparts to more costly celadon-glazed ceramics. This elongated gourd shape, favored for wine bottles and also made in celadon versions, has a hole in its waist to facilitate pouring.
Maebyeong with decoration of cranes and clouds, second half of the 12th century. Goryeo dynasty (918–1392). Korea. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Sadajiro Yamanaka, 1911 (11.8.1) | This work is featured in our “Korea: 100 Years of Collecting at the Met” exhibition on view through March 27, 2016. #MetKoreanArt #AsianArt100