For similar vessels see Mishima henko ten/Exhibition of Punch'ong Ware of Yi Dynasty, Korea (Osaka: Museum of Oriental Ceramics, 1984), nos. 24, 25; Funsei saki ten/Punch'ong Ware of Choson Dynasty, Korea (ibid, 1996), pls. 33-37; Byung-chang Rhee, Masterpieces of Korean Art--Yi Ceramics (Tokyo: privately published, 1978), no. 71; G. St. G. M. Gompertz, Korean Pottery and Porcelain of the Yi Period (London: Faber and Faber, 1968), no. 24A.
Brushed slip and sgraffito carving are associated with the kilns of Cholla province in the southwest. The underglaze white slip is thickly applied over the heavily potted body and the design incised in relief to the ground, a contrasting greyish-green when the vessel is fired. The overglaze is thin and transparent with a faint greenish cast which can be more pronounced, as in this example, where the glaze is more thickly applied.
These punch'ong (literally, "powder green") wares signalled a robust new era of ceramic design. The boldness of conception and spontaneity of these carved patterns has been admired consistently in Korea and Japan and in the West since the turn of this century.