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[National Treasure] Joseon-era Buncheong Flat Bottle with designs

Feb 05,2020
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Name: Buncheong Flat Bottle with Sgraffito Lotus and Fish Design

Period: Joseon

Location: Gwanak District, southern Seoul

Status: National Treasure No. 179

This type of flat porcelain object was produced primarily during the early Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910).

The overall shape of the bottle is circular with a small neck and flat sides. Transparent white glaze was added on top of the gray and brown bowl.

Some characteristics of the bottle are: A belt-like lotus pattern on the shoulder and below the neck of the bottle; lotus leaves, flowers and fish on the front part of the bottle; and double lines of the lotus pattern belt below the lotus leaves, flowers and fish.

The main skill attributable to making this bottle was in making the patterns after working with the white mud. Second was scratching the surface to make intricate patterns.

This porcelain bottle is representative of one of the great masterpieces as it shows the originality of the scratching patterns.