Porcelain, incised design under celadon glaze
Height: 4 ¼ inches
Gift of Mrs. Virginia Kettering
The stark simplicity of form and design is an appealing aspect of this small tea bowl. At first, one notices the wide, shallow shape perched upon a small round foot. But upon closer inspection, you realize this is a lotus blossom. The small notches on the bowl’s lip correspond to the undulating incised lines in the interior of the bowl and form the petals of a delicate flower.
This bowl along with others on view at The Dayton Art Institute has a greenish, celadon glaze characteristic of Korean ceramics from the Goryeo period (10th–14th century CE). But this vessel depends on a delicate interaction between shape and form for its impact