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AN INCISED CELADON JAR WITH FOUR HANDLES

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AN INCISED CELADON JAR WITH FOUR HANDLES
koryo dynasty (12th century)

Of baluster form with tapered foot, high, rounded shoulders and very short upright neck ending in a flattened rim, and applied at the shoulders with four loop handles, each incised with a narrow channel; incised below the neck with a collar of yo'i-heads, below each of the four handles with a trefoil outline, on the body in four places centered below two loop handles with a large lotus spray and above the foot with a band of fretwork, the vessel covered overall save the foot rim with a bluish-green celadon glaze, pooling emerald in the recesses and thick and crystalline at the base of the neck and at the foot, six spur marks and one area of kiln grit within recessed base-- 8 5/8in. (21.8cm.) high, 6in. (15.2cm.) diameter, three breaks to neck restored, two hairline neck cracks extending to short body cracks, one hairline neck crack, three handles partially restored, one handle chipped

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For similar jars see Masterpieces of the Ho-Am Art Museum (Seoul: Samsung Art and Culture Foundation, 1982), pl. 11; Korai hishoku seiji/Jade Colour Celadon, the first half of the 12th Century, Koryo Dynasty (Osaka: Museum of Oriental Ceramics, 1987), pl. 14; G. St. G. M. Gompertz, Korean Celadon and Other Wares of the Koryo Period (London: Faber and Faber, 1963), pl. 10, Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C.; W. B. Honey, Corean Pottery (London: Faber and Faber, 1952, no. 34
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