Jar with lid


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The elegance of this jar and its lid exemplifies the aesthetic of undecorated white porcelain that was popular in 15th–16th century Joseon. In its balanced proportions and subtle design features on the lid with a bud-shaped knob, this porcelain reflects the refined sensibilities associated with the new ruling ideology of Neo-Confucianism of the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910). Porcelain was adopted as imperial ware in the 15th century and, in the 1460s, the royal court formed and managed a group of kilns called bunwon, which produced porcelain for court use. These pure white vessels were used as special tableware and also as ceremonial and even burial wares. This type of jar was used to store food or alcohol.

Jar with lid, Porcelain with transparent glaze, Korea

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