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분청사기 박지 모란 무늬 항아리 조선
粉靑沙器剝地牡丹文壺 朝鮮
Large jar with peony decoration

Period:
Joseon dynasty (1392–1910)
Date:
late 15th century
Culture:
Korea
Medium:
Buncheong ware with incised and sgraffito design
Dimensions:
H. 15 in. (38.1 cm); Diam. 10 7/8 in. (27.6 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1916
Accession Number:
16.122.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 233
The boldly rendered peony flowers and leaves here capture the essence of the exuberant plant. The decorative technique of incising the outlines and carving away the background through the white slip is characteristic of buncheong vessels produced in the Jeolla Province.

A ceramic distinguished by the inventive use of white slip (a mixture of clay and water) and imaginative surface decoration, buncheong ware is a uniquely Korean phenomenon. This new ceramic genre emerged at the end of the fourteenth century, evolving from the inlaid celadon of the late Goryeo period. Buncheong and white porcelain were the two major ceramic arts during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries in the Joseon dynasty.
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