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Jar

  • Place of origin:

    Korea (made)

  • Date:

    1400-1600 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stoneware with white slip and iron decoration

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr P. H. D. S. Wikramaratna, in memory of his wife Nancy

  • Museum number:

    FE.33-2008

  • Gallery location:

    Korea, Room 47g, case 11

This Korean stoneware jar has a slightly uneven ovoid shape. The upper half of its body has been decorated with a creamy white clay slip. Scrolling motifs in brown iron oxide have been freely painted onto this white slip. Spots of iron oxide can also be seen where this paint has splashed onto the body.

This jar was made in Korea during the early part of the Choson dynasty (1392-1910). It is a type of stoneware known as punch'ong. Punch'ong wares were made between 1400 and 1600. They are stonewares with fairly coarse bodies and are often decorated with white slip. Sometimes, as on this jar, brown iron oxide is also used to create the design.

Punch'ong ceramics are particularly noted for their spontaneity, evident here in both the free-spirited decoration and uneven form of this stoneware jar.

Physical description

Stoneware jar of ovoid shape with thin everted lip. Upper half of body features painted iron decoration over underglaze white brushed slip.

Place of Origin

Korea (made)

Date

1400-1600 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Stoneware with white slip and iron decoration

Dimensions

Height: 12 cm, Diameter: 15.5 cm

Object history note

Previous loan number: LOAN:WIKRAMARATNA.2

Descriptive line

Stoneware jar with painted iron decoratiron over underglaze white slip, Punch'ong ware, Korea, 1400-1600

Categories

Ceramics; Stoneware

Collection

East Asia Collection

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