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Cup stand of lotus form with five-petalled flange

early 12th century


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Cupstand with five-petal flange
    Place where the work was made
    Goryeo dynasty 918 - 1392 → Korea
    early 12th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    6.0 x 14.5 cm
    Gift of Mr J.H. Myrtle 1989
    Not on display
    Accession number

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  • About

    Celadons of the Koryo period are among the most celebrated works of Korean art. In this piece the combination of the naturalistically inspired lotus petal form with the abstract qualities of the glaze and texture have produced an object of the highest artistry and sophistication. Like the majority of the Koryo celadon repertoire, the cup stand derives from Song dynasty Chinese prototypes: wares distinguished by their simple and refined forms and the exquisite lustre of their glazes. The unusual shape of this cup stand harks back to the silver and lacquer types of Tang dynasty China (eighth century), which combined the offering cup and separate stand into a single unit. The ceramic version was refined in the Song dynasty, most especially by potters at the rarefied imperial Ru ware kilns in Henan province.

    Art Gallery Handbook, 1999. pg. 267.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications