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first half of 14th century

Goryeo period

Stoneware with white and black inlays under celadon glaze
H: 6.0 W: 19.4 cm

Gift of Charles Lang Freer F1909.322

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The decoration of this bowl epitomizes the intricacy of inlaid slip decoration on celadon wares of the 14th century. This technique, unique to Korean celadon, depends upon the contrast of white and dark clay-based pigments, which fill incised patterns on the gray clay body of the vessel. This bowl has inlaid decoration on both the interior and exterior surfaces, with the exterior showing "reverse-inlay" where the background areas of the design are inlaid.