19. An incised Korean celadon baoxiang flower pattern bowl

高麗 青瓷外刻寶相花裏劃水紋盌

The bowl is finely potted with rounded sides, supported on a very low footrim. The exterior is incised with three swiftly-drawn baoxiang flowerheads separated by foliage. The interior is incised in the centre with an abstract water plant-like element on an overall ground of extremely fine combing. A grey-green glaze is applied overall, including the underside of the base, leaving the fired body showing brown through the thinning glaze on the small footrim, which also shows three spur-marks.

For a closely-related incised cup, see The Hundred Relic Collection of the Gangjin Celadon Museum, no. 68, p. 130, and for another in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, see Yun Yong-i, Korean Art from the Gompertz and Other Collections in the Fitzwilliam Museum, A Complete Catalogue, p.65- 66, where the author suggests that it was made at Yuch’on-ri kilns, Puan.

Dimensions: Diameter: 12.2 cm, 4⅞ inches

Date: Goryeo dynasty (918-1392), second half 11th century or first half 12th century

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