백자 청화 매화 대나무 무늬 팔각 항아리 조선 白磁靑畫 梅竹文八角壺 朝鮮 Faceted jar decorated with plum blossoms and bamboo
Joseon dynasty (1392–1910)
end of the 18th–early 19th century
Porcelain with cobalt-blue design
H. 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm); Diam. 6 in. (15.2 cm); Diam. of rim 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm); Diam. of foot 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm)
Purchase, Moon Art Foundation Gift, 2005
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 233
Exemplary of late Joseon blue-and-white porcelain produced at the court kilns (Bunwon), this faceted jar features delicately painted plum blossoms on one side and bamboo on the other—motifs associated with winter and summer respectively that also (with the chrysanthemum and orchid) symbolize the virtuous Confucian scholar.