Joseon dynasty (1392–1910)
first half of the 16th century
Buncheong ware with white slip
H. 3 1/4 (8.2 cm); Diam. 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Oliver, 1983
The Joseon ceramic ware that gained widespread favor in Japan beginning in the late fifteenth century was not fine white porcelain, the main product of Korean kilns—particularly the official court kilns—at the time, but buncheong (powder green) stoneware, so-called because of its bluish green transparent glaze. This bowl, which was dipped partially in white slip and then covered with a glaze before firing, is typical of the type of buncheong ware that was especially prized by practitioners of the tea ceremony in Japan as the embodiment of the aesthetics of rusticity and naturalness.
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