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Vase with Cranes and Clouds

12th century

Stoneware with inlaid slip design under green glaze

13 × 7 1/4 in. (33.02 × 18.415 cm)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund
The cranes and clouds were etched into the clay body of this vase and filled with white and black slip before the piece was glazed and fired. This technique was common in Korea in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, but was extremely rare in China. The shape, on the other hand, known as a maebyong in Korean, was derived from the Chinese meiping, a form that originally functioned as a bottle but was later used to display plum blossoms.
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Goryeo dynasty (918–1392)
Containers - Ceramics

Acquired in Japan, 1945-47 by Lt. Col. Oliver Perry Shaffer and Ethel Burgess Shaffer; Koo New York, NY; purchased in 2008 by Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


“Acquisitions 2009,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2009): 154, ill.

Namwon Jang and Youn-mi Kim, “History of Collecting Korean Ceramics in America and the Yale University Art Collections,” Arts of Asia (March–April 2018): 112, fig. 12.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.