On View: Asian Galleries, South, 2nd floor
Although these celadon bowls seem quite plain at first glance, both contain very delicate, hand-drawn decorations that were lightly incised into the clay before glazing. One bowl’s interior has a flower floating on barely visible ripples of water, while the other’s interior shows long-tailed birds flying. In both bases, the decorators appear to have used comblike instruments to create parallel, but gestural, lines in the clay.
Stoneware with celadon glaze
Height: 2 7/16 in. (6.2 cm)
Diameter at mouth: 4 9/16 in. (11.7 cm)
Diameter at base: 1 5/16 in. (3.4 cm) (show scale)
The Peggy N. and Roger G. Gerry Collection
Bowl, 12th century. Stoneware with celadon glaze, Height: 2 7/16 in. (6.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, The Peggy N. and Roger G. Gerry Collection, 2004.28.165. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum (in collaboration with National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage, , CUR.2004.28.165_view1_Heon-Kang_photo_NRICH_edited.jpg)
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What is celadon?
Celadon is a blue-green glaze, often used on stoneware, a kind of ceramic. Celadons are named due to the greenish-blue color of their glaze. Their color can vary in tone from grayish to greenish depending on the composition of the clay. The color of celadon is achieved by placing a green-colored glaze over a gray clay body and the reaction of iron oxide when the vessel is fired in a reduction atmosphere.