Celadon wine bottle
Koryo dynasty, 13th century AD
This wine bottle, with its ovoid body and graceful neck, is in the classic shape of the Koryo dynasty (AD 918-1392). They were also made in bronze, as well as in ordinary grey-black pottery. The high quality of craftsmanship suggests that they were made for use by the aristocracy or at the royal court. They were often placed in the tomb of their owners on their death.
Although influenced by Chinese ceramics, Korean potters did produce wares of great originality and creativity. This bottle has a sanggam inlay of chrysanthemums, a popular decoration during the Koryo dynasty in celadon and also in lacquerware.