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[National Treasure] Goryeo-era celadon ewer in shape of priest

Apr 17,2019
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Name: Celadon Ewer in the Shape of a Human Figure
Period: Goryeo
Location: Yongsan District, central Seoul
Status: National Treasure No. 167

This ewer of the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392) takes the form of a Taoist priest in Korean full-dress attire holding a tray with peaches.

This ewer is a sanghyeong-style celadon pottery.

Sanghyeong refers to an extraordinarily shaped object.

This ewer, with a height of 28 centimeters (11 inches), has a hole in the hat of the Taoist priest for pouring water into the ewer, and another one on the front of a peach for pouring out water.

A handle is attached to the back of the priest with a small ring at the top.

The hat is decorated with bird-shaped ornaments.

There are many decorative white dots on the hat, neck band, breast-tie and on the peaches.

Light-green celadon glaze is thickly coated on the body of the ewer.

The ewer was discovered at an orchard on the outskirts of Daegu in 1971 and later designated as one of the National Treasures of Korea.

It is an excellent celadon ewer of the early 13th century.