국립중앙박물관 NATIONAL MUSEUM OF KOREA

Highlights
White Porcelain Bowl with Inlaid Lotus and Scroll Design
  • Exhibition Name

    Bowl with Lotus Scroll, White porcelain with inlaid design

  • Culture/Period

    Joseon Dynasty

  • Materials

    Ceramics - White Porcelain

  • Category

    Food - Tableware - Foods and Drinks - bowl

  • Dimensions

    H. 7.6cm, (mouth) D. 17.5cm, (bottom) D. 6.2cm

  • Designation

    National Treasure 175

  • Accession Number

    Dongwon 887

  • Location

    Buncheong Ware and White Porcelain Gallery

Inlaid white porcelain from the Joseon era, which succeeded the soft white porcelain of the Goryeo period, was usually glazed and inlaid rather haphazardly. This bowl, however, has a fine finish, soft texture, and delicate design, making it one of the most exquisite examples of Joseon inlaid white porcelain. The simple yet elegant vine design with lines that are somehow both sharp and diffuse corresponds well with the refined form of the bowl, recalling the blue-and-white porcelain of the late Yuan through early Ming Dynasty in China. Although the form of the bowl closely resembles counterparts from the early Ming Dynasty, its inlay and glaze reflect the tradition of Goryeo white porcelain. The bowl seems to have been produced in the official kilns in Gwangju, Gyeonggi-do Province around the 15th or 16th century.