Joseon dynasty (1392–1910)
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration of flowers and insects
H. 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm); Diam. 11 3/8 in. (28.9 cm); Diam. of base: 5 1/2 in. (14 cm); Diam. of rim: 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm)
Purchase, Parnassus Foundation/Jane and Raphael Bernstein Gift, and Diane Carol Brandt Gift, 2005
In its form, color, and style of decoration, this handsome jar is representative of blue-and-white porcelain produced at court-patronized kilns in eighteenth-century Korea. It most likely was used as a wine jar. The calligraphic quality and minimalism of the underglaze cobalt-blue decoration, as well as the abundance of white space, are among the features that distinguish Korean blue-and-white porcelain—especially that dating from this period—from its contemporary equivalents in China, Japan, and Europe.
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