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Korean ceramics 한국 도자기

History of Korean Ceramics

During the Three Kingdoms of Korea (57 BC-668 AD), namely Silla, Goguryeo, and Baekje, the history of Korean ceramics starts. They produced rough domestic wares for the people from numerous kilns. Likewise, several very sophisticated statues of royal figures, guardians, and horses, equivalent to Chinese Han Dynasty figures, used for domestic and imperial votive shrines, as well as for escorts of the dead in tombs of the nobles and kings, were turned on potter’s wheels, while others were formed using the traditional hammered clay and coil method.

Korean ceramics ancient history.

During the nearly five centuries of the Koryô dynasty (918–1392), celadon was the main type of pottery.  Clear and highly-vitrified glazes of grey-green colour covered this exquisite ware. The colour of Koryô celadon owes much to the raw materials. Specifically, the presence of iron in the clay. And iron oxide, manganese oxide, and quartz particles in the glaze. As well as the firing conditions inside the kiln. The combination of beautiful glaze with elegant forms without any surface decoration resulted in exceptional vessels. These were produced during the early part of Koryo celadon production between the late 11th Century and early part of the 12th Century. After these potters had perfected their skill of producing perfect celadon glazes, they started to experiment with carved and incised decorations under the sea-green glaze.

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