Wine Ewer, with incised designs
By the end of the 13th century, the vitality of the Koryo Dynasty was at a low ebb. The complex process of producing celadon wares seems to have been abandoned. This was in part due to the Mongol invasion at the beginning of the 13th century, which crushed the Korean nobility and rulers, thus eliminating the owners of the porcelain-producing kilns. The Koryo court fled to an island off the coast of Korea which so enraged the Mongol invaders that they ravaged the country. When the Koryo court finally collapsed, the Mongols ruled totally. The wares which come from this period are coarse, with haphazardly applied glazes and decoration. This wine pot is a late celadon, with a glaze which varies from blue- to yellow-green. The leaf pattern is traditional Korean.
Artform: Decorative Arts: CERAMICS, Pre-20th Century
Artist: Unknown. Goryeo Kingdom
Artist Dates: 918-1392 CE
Date: 12-13th centuries
Medium: green glazed celadon porcelain
Size: 20.4 x 22.3 x 14 cm
Museum: Cleveland Museum of Art
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