Skip Navigation


Asian Art

On View: Asian Galleries, South, 2nd floor
In the thirteenth century, Goryeo-sponsored potters developed a distinctive method for decorating celadon ceramics. Ceramic decorators were able to “draw” in black and white on the pot surface by cutting shallow incisions in the light gray clay of the vessel and then filling the incisions with white or black clay. After polishing, the decorations remained flush with the surface of the vessel as if they had been painted on. The whole piece was then covered with celadon glaze and fired. The new technique was likely inspired by deluxe metalwork of the period, in which bronze and other alloys were inlaid with silver and gold.
MEDIUM Stoneware inlaid with black and white slip and celadon glaze
  • Place Made: Korea
  • DATES first half of the 13th century
    DYNASTY Goryeo Dynasty
    DIMENSIONS Height: 2 13/16 in. (7.2 cm) Diameter at mouth: 3 3/8 in. (8.7 cm) Diameter at base: 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 2004.28.45
    CREDIT LINE The Peggy N. and Roger G. Gerry Collection
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Asian Galleries, South, 2nd floor
    CAPTION Cup, first half of the 13th century. Stoneware inlaid with black and white slip and celadon glaze, Height: 2 13/16 in. (7.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, The Peggy N. and Roger G. Gerry Collection, 2004.28.45. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 2004.28.45_PS11.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 2004.28.45_PS11.jpg., 2017
    "CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
    You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply. Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please fill out our online application form (charges apply). For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress, Cornell University, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums, and Copyright Watch. For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright. If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact
    Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome any additional information you might have.