This Celadon vase is a replica of ‘Korean National Treasure No.68’, a Celadon Vase, created in the 12th century (Goryeo Dynasty:918~1392). Though the voluminous nature and smooth curves are characteristic of Chinese ceramics of the Song Dynasty, Goryeo had differentiated its style from that of China by adding more volume and curves to vases by the time this vase was made. The distinctive characteristics of Celadon pottery from the Goryeo Dynasty, which have been admired by the world, include the inlaying techniques, their voluminous forms, the smoothly-curved lines, and the mysterious jade green color. This vase is considered one of the great masterpieces of its kind. The pattern of white cranes and clouds is delicately inlaid into the jade-green surface of the vase. The inlaying technique, called “Sang-gam”, which brought Goryeo ceramic art unsparing praise, involves the potter first carving patterns on the surface of the pottery and then filling the carved area with black and white clay before applying a glaze and burning it.
Admiring the unique, fantastic, and noble style of the Goryeo Celadon pottery, the Chinese royal court, aristocrats, and rich families imported uncountable numbers of Celadon wares from Goryeo over a period of hundreds of years. Unfortunately however, many boats carrying the Celadon, sailing to China, sunk with the heavy pottery near the Shin-an area(South-western coastal town and islands in Korea), due to the notoriously strong tides. Fishermen frequently found Celadon pottery in various forms including dishes or vases, either broken or maintaining their original shapes, caught in fishing nets. Peole like to joke that there are more Celadon wares than fish at the bottom of the sea near Shin-an. Nowardays, access to some of these areas of sea by ships or people is prohibited without government permission.
This replica was crafted over about a month, from spinning to final inspection.
Size: 7.5″(19cm)(Widest Diameter) x 14.2″(36cm)(H)
Price : U$299
[Korean National Treasure No.68, Celadon “Sang-Gam” Vase, 6.7″(17cm)(W) x 16.5″(42cm)(H)]