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  • Place of origin:

    Korea (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain, glazed

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Nicholas Grindley in memory of his parents

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, 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.

Physical description

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.

Colour: White

Place of Origin

Korea (made)


1800-1900 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain, glazed


Height: 36 cm, Diameter: 12.3 cm

Object history note

Purchased by the donor from Christie's South Kensington 1983.

Descriptive line

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

Production Note

Note revised dating, based on shape and bluish tinge to glaze. Previously attributed to 17th century.




Thrown; Glazed


ELISE; Kor_load; Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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