Early Goryeo celadons were produced by official kilns for the royal family and the upper class, and were produced individually, not mass-produced and distributed products. However, the style of porcelain also changed along with changes in social conditions, and in addition to the monochromatic celadon that had hitherto been produced, inlaid celadon such as this one was actively produced.
Inlay was originally a term used in metal crafts, and is a process in which a pattern is carved into the base clay and then filled with clay of different colors. Up until then, Goryeo porcelain was often plain, and even with decorations such as openwork and intaglio, it was basically monochromatic. Around the 12th century, when Goryeo celadon was at its peak, inlayed celadon was produced as a high-class item, influenced by the Yaozhou kiln, Ding kiln, and Ru kiln, which had a high reputation in the Song dynasty of China. I was.
This product has an octagonal vessel with an inlaid floral pattern on the side. Speaking of flower patterns, there are many chrysanthemum flowers that are drawn in a picture, but the flower pattern of this product is a rare expression.
The shape of the bowl is often likened to a sake cup, but it is also the perfect size for a tea boat with a teapot.