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Water bottle (kundika or jeongbyeong)
late 12th - early 13th century

Unidentified, Korean
Goryeo period

Stoneware with white and black inlays under celadon glaze; bronze repair
H: 31.0 W: 16.1 D: 13.8 cm
Buan, Korea

Gift of Charles Lang Freer F1909.44a-b

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This vessel, used for drinking water, illustrates the effectiveness of inlay for pictorial decoration on ceramics. Black and white inlays within incised motifs portray a tranquil scene in which a willow tree stands alongside a lotus pond. Similar landscapes appear on bronze ritual sprinklers inlaid with silver wire. This piece was made at the Puan kiln complex in southwestern Korea.