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Bowl with Stamped Decoration

Bowl with Stamped Decoration

1400s

Stoneware with incised design, white slip, and overglaze

Outer diameter: 14 cm (5 1/2 in.); Overall: 9.1 cm (3 9/16 in.)

Gift of John L. Severance 1921.678

Description

To create the linear patterns visible on this bowl the potter quickly carved the design into the dark clay body. He then applied white clay slip with a brush over this general area. After the slip settled into the linear grooves, he wiped the surface excess away (although he "missed" an area near the parallel horizontal neck bands), leaving a whitish line. A greenish celadon glaze was then applied over the bowl. Punch'ong decorative techniques were a response to medieval Korean society's need for greater numbers of attractive, inexpensive housewares.

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