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On View: Asian Galleries, South, 2nd floor
Gourds and melons were popular motifs in East Asian design because their many seeds were associated with fertility and abundance. Both of these vessels have handles that reference the twisting vines of gourd and melon plants, with small tendril-like loops at the top where a string or chain would have attached the handle to a ceramic lid. Both original lids are now missing; the melon-shaped ewer has a wood replacement. Both ewers are decorated with lotus flowers, symbols of spiritual transcendence because lotuses rise above their lowly origin (pond water) to bloom in glorious color.
MEDIUM Porcelaneous stoneware with celadon glaze
  • Place Made: Korea
  • DATES 12th century
    DYNASTY Goryeo Dynasty
    DIMENSIONS Height: 11 13/16 in. (30 cm) Diameter at mouth: 3/16 in. (0.5 cm) Diameter at base: 4 in. (10.2 cm) Width: 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Asian Galleries, South, 2nd floor
    CREDIT LINE Museum Collection Fund
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