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Predicate Object 1976.47 collection of National Museum Of Korea, 1976, on loan to Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 1976.47, K2390, 12134, 094 Korea 1997-05-20T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-06-10T23:53:18.661Z Arts of Asia Gallery 40 Predominantly Open vase, maebyong, stoneware, inlaid celadon, pattern of (unusual) flying cranes in clouds indicates emergence of Koryo over other dynasties. re-built from twelve fragments with new neck Some Chinese inspired motifs gained wide popularity in Korea even though they were not used often in Chinese ceramics. This included the willow, chrysanthemum, crane and bamboo. The most representative of these is the waterfowl among reed and cranes and clouds as seen in this maebyŏng. Cranes and clouds probably derived from Chinese Yue ware. The depiction of such imaginary, fantastic scenes must have appealed to the Goryeo court and aristocracy for whom these ceramics were produced. Korean potters embraced these Chinese designs. The maebyŏng, meaning prunus vase, would have been used as a jug or a wine pot, rather that a vase. Some versions have been found with a small bell shaped lid that indicate they were jars. Some suggest that the shape of a maebyŏng resembles a plum stone. This maebyŏng is pa vase
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