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Jar with incised design of lotus sprays
second half of 12th century

Unidentified, Korean
Goryeo period

Stoneware with celadon glaze
H: 27.7 W: 18.1 cm
Korea

Gift of Charles Lang Freer F1917.288a-b

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Incised sprays of lotus blossoms, emblems of Buddhism, adorn this covered jar. After the birth of a royal child, such a jar was used in burying the placenta to ensure the infant's well-being. The popular lotus-spray motif appears on vessels of various types.