The Art of Korean Potters, Debut of Previously-Unknown Rai Korean Art Collection KMB Asian Art of Tokyo presents a special exhibition of important Korean ceramics from Koryo to Choson Periods. Exhibition website http://kmbasianart3.blogspot.com
News-Antique.com - Mar 25,2008 - Tokyo, Japan (PRWEB) March 19, 2008 -- KMB Asian Art of Tokyo presents a special exhibition of important Korean ceramics from Koryo to Choson Periods. The selected Korean ceramics are part of the Rai Collection of Japan, which was acquired after the War and was preserved in Tokyo during the past 50 years. None of the item featured in this exhibition has been published before. The debut of this newly-found collection of important Korean art provides Korean art historians and connoisseurs with many new subjects for research and aesthetics appreciation. The exhibition opens on Mar 25th, 2008 at KMB's Tokyo Gallery. All items are fully illustrated in details at a special exhibition website http://kmbasianart3.blogspot.com
During the nearly five centuries of the Koryō dynasty (918--1392), celadon was the main type of ceramics produced on the Korean peninsula. This exquisite ware typically covered with clear and highly-vitrified glaze of gray-green color. The color of Koryō celadon owes much to the raw materials---specifically, the presence of iron in the clay and of iron oxide, manganese oxide, and quartz particles in the glaze---as well as to the firing conditions inside the kiln. At the beginning of Koryo celadon production, color was an important element which was a tradition of early Song Dynasty's ceramics aesthetics as seen on Ru and Guan wares made for the exclusive use of the Royal court. The combination of beautiful glaze with elegant forms without any surface decoration results in exceptional vessels produced during the early part of Koryo celadon production between late 11th Century and early part of 12th Century. A magnificent large lobed Maebyong vase from this early period is featured in this exhibition. The imposing large size, the pure elegance of its lobed wall, and rich green celadon glaze make this vase a notable example of early Koryo celadon.
After the Koryo potters had perfected their skill of producing perfect celadon glazes, they started to experiment with carved and incised decoration under the sea green glaze. The decorating techniques of carving on wet clay before firing was popular among Yue, Ding and Yaozhou kilns in China. Many examples of early Koryo celadon with carved and incised decoration are featured in this special exhibition from the Rai Collection. A large Maebyong fully incised with lotus and vines under an jewel-like green glaze is among the best of its kind. This beautiful Maebyon vase is comparable to a similar Maebyong (Korean National Treasure No. 97) in the collection of National Museum of Korea. Also from this group is another Maebyong carved with two large bouquets of lotus flowers. This large vase has a voluminous upper body rising from a constricted lower section with boldly carved motif of magnificent scale. Carved decoration was also popular among small items such as the lovely saucer dish with fine carving and three iron-brown fish all under a superb jewel-like glaze.
By the middle of 12th Century, Koryo ceramics patrons and potters were not content with simple color and subdued carving decoration. This coincided