Joseon Dynasty Northern Korea Ware Flat Tea Bowl


A whiteslip flat tea bowl that has been inherited as a piece excavated from Songpyong, North Korea. The opaque-transparent glaze is applied on the coarse-grained clay covered with an engobe.

The area called Songpyong in North Hamgyong Province is located in the middle between Hoeryong and Myongchon where the famous kiln sights were researched by Asakawa Noritaka during Korea under Japanese rule. It is reasonable to think that it was made in either one of both kilns. However, it is clear that many unknown kiln sights were interspersed in the northern part of Korean peninsula, where excavation has not been progressed. From those facts, it can be possible that this piece was also made from a kiln other than Hoeryong and Myongchon.

The clay quality and straw ash-like glaze tells that it is from the North, but it can also be shown the synchronicity with the white slip made in Jeollanam-do, the South. May the day of comprehensive ceramic history research come into the peninsula.

The stunning Gintsugi (repaired with a silver coated lacquer) of the rim, which matches the color of the glaze. There are no notable defects other than a few minor chips on the feet. Comes with a box stuck to a paper written “Kohiki flat tea bowl excavated in Songpyong, North Korea”.

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