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Korean Mae-byong Celadon Vase Four Seasons Design

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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Korean: Pre 2000: Item # 695552

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A celadon vase signed by Ko Chung, one of Korea's master potters, is inlaid with designs of plants representing the four seasons and four virtues. Spring is conveyed with a branch of plum blossoms, which also symbolize courage; summer is the orchid, emblem of refinement; fall is the chrysanthemum, which stands for productivity, and winter is bamboo, symbolizing integrity. The flower and leaf designs are inlaid, or cut into, the body of the vase in the manner celadon has been made for centuries in Korea. An incised pattern also encircles the top and bottom and separates the four seasons designs. The bamboo stalk is incised as well. The shape of the vase, called "mae-byong," is described in Korea as "male" and sometimes is paired with a "ju-byong," a pear-shaped vase described as "female." We have sold many celadon pieces made by Ko Chung over the years, and have found his work consistently well executed and gorgeous. This piece came out of his workshop about 10 years ago and is in perfect condition. It is signed on the bottom by the potter. Dimensions: height 11" (28 cm), diameter 6" (15 cm).