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A Korean slip-decorated celadon meiping, Joseon dynasty 朝鮮王朝 青瓷象嵌花卉紋梅瓶

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A Korean slip-decorated celadon meiping, Joseon dynasty

朝鮮王朝  青瓷象嵌花卉紋梅瓶

29.2 cm

A Delaware private collection.


This meiping (maebyeong in Korean) jar is characterised by its pronounced ‘S’-curved profile created through its broad shoulders, attenuated body, constricted waist and flaring foot. Despite its literal translation meaning 'plum vase', meiping vessels were thought to be elegant storage bottles for wine, though later collectors are known to have used them as vases to manifest the host's refined taste on special occasions, such as a tea ceremony gathering.

The intricate slip-inlay process involved several steps. To achieve the black and white patterns the designs were first incised or cut into the clay after it reached a leather-hard state. The intaglio motifs were then filled in by brushing white or reddish-brown clay slips over the recessed areas and carefully shaving the surface of the ware to remove any excess slip. Although black and white were the most commonly used colours, experimental potters of the late twelfth century frequently added copper-red accents to the inlaid motifs. It is generally believed that two firings were necessary to produce inlaid celadons: an initial low-temperature biscuit firing and for the inlay process and a final high-temperature firing after the application of the glaze.