Apr 7, 2009
Apr 7, 2009
Apr 7, 2009

Jar with Scroll Design

Jar with Scroll Design

분청사기 상감 당초무늬 호 (粉靑沙器象嵌唐草文壺)


Buncheong ware with incised, stamped, and slip-inlaid decoration

Height: 37.6 cm (14 13/16 in.); Outer diameter: 27 cm (10 5/8 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1963.505


Did you know?

The tiny ear-like handles located around the jar's shoulder allowing string to pass through were used to keep the lid (now missing) tightly closed.


This vessel was used for burying a placenta, a custom practiced by aristocratic families in Korea in the belief that it would bring happiness to the child. This jar was placed inside another wide-mouthed jar then buried inside an outer stone box. This rare jar has a bluish-green tone commonly seen in Buncheong ware. Pots were coated with a white slip, and then decorative designs were added using a combination of inlaid and stamped techniques. This style emerged in the 1400s, and then disappeared after the 1500s due to the popularity of white porcelains.

See also

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance, may not be currently accurate. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@clevelandart.org.

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

All images and data available through Open Access can be downloaded for free. For images not available through Open Access, a detail image, or any image with a color bar, request a digital file from Image Services.