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Given by Nicholas Grindley in memory of his parents
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Ceramics Study Galleries, Asia & Europe, room 137, case 18, shelf 7
Moon-jars, such as this one, were popular in the mid to late Choson dynasty (1392-1910) and were generally used for display. Dating to the 18th to 19th century, the jar exemplifies the taste for plain, undecorated white porcelain that prevailed during the Choson dynasty. In contrast to the delicate celadon stonewares of the Koryo period (918-1392AD), Choson ceramics may be characterised by their strong and sturdy appearance and unfrivolous decoration as they clearly embodied the religious and philosophical ideals of the Neo-Confucian doctrine that was favoured by the ruling elite.
Despite several apparent faults (irregular oval profile, visible central seam and pooling of the greenish tinged glaze on one side), this jar conveys an impression of restful ease, reducing all these imperfections to insignificance.
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Materials and Techniques
Height: 36 cm, Diameter: 12.3 cm
Object history note
Purchased by the donor from Christie's South Kensington 1983.
Jar, porcelain with bluish glaze, Korea, Choson dynasty, 1800-1900
Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)
McKillop, Beth. Korean art and design: the Samsung gallery of Korean art. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1992, Plate 27.
Korean Art, 5th to 19th century, From european Museums and Collections. exhibition catalogue. Dr Youngsook Park. p.39. plate 42
KOREAN DAYS: KOREAN ART 5TH TO 19TH CENTURY FROM EUROPEAN MUSEUMS AND COLLECTIONS (MUSEUM ALTES RATHAUS, INGELHEIM AM RHEIN 01/06/0005-11/06/1984)
Note revised dating, based on shape and bluish tinge to glaze. Previously attributed to 17th century.