Cheongjabiryonghyeongjuja

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Cheongjabiryonghyeongjuja

 

This celadon wine pot was made during the Goryeo Kingdom (AD 12th), and it is 24.4 cm in height, 10.3 cm in base diameter. It is shaped into an imaginary creature with a dragon's head and fish's body, which was symbolic of the prevention of fire and often employed as an architectural decoration.

It has a spout molded like a dragon's head, and white slip is applied to the edge of the fins and teeth of the dragon. The designs of the fins and fur are incised in delicate lines. The scale decorations are covering the vessel's fish-shaped body, on each ventral side of which large bat's wing-like fins are engraved. The handle, with the form of twisted lotus stalks, is fitted neatly on the upper part of the vessel, and the lid resembles the tail fin of a fish.

In whole appearance, it projects an extraordinary, but fully designed image of an imaginary animal. The glaze color, a greenish blue with a deep tone, and delicate incisions reveal the refined skill of Goryeo potters. It is a distinctive example of the celadon in the shapes of beneficent creatures.

 

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