Korean Koryo Dynasty (11th-12th century) bowl of stoneware with a dark celadon glaze. There is a small kiln flaw hairline crack on one side about an inch long. The Song Dynasty (960-1279) in China began the tradition of celadon wares which became a very successful part of the Chinese cultural tradition. The celadons at different times were made at different kiln sites. They were popular, and some of these pieces reached other countries as trade materials and gifts. The reason to mention the Chinese history of celadon is because of the close similarity of this bowl to Chinese examples. This bowl has a rather small foot. It is a common Koryo type of shape. Inside, like Chinese examples, there is a scraffito design of 2 phoenix on the inside border area. It is an excellent example of this early Korean ware.
Age: 11th-12th Century
Size: 2-7/8 inches high, 6-3/8 inch diam
Condition: Very Good
Price: $2,500.00 USD