The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of March 23, 2018

Wine Flask, 17th century

glazed porcelain with underglazed iron design, Overall: 21.8 x 19 x 8.5 cm (8 9/16 x 7 7/16 x 3 5/16 in.). John L. Severance Fund 1999.44

This Korean wine flask embodies Lin Bu’s poetic line "Plums’ subtle scent pervades the moonlit dusk": its circular shape alludes to the full moon, and the gray color unintentionally spread on the flask’s lower part suggests the permeating scent of plum. The other side of the flask features a bamboo design. The plum and bamboo derive from the motif of the Four Gentlemen, which compares four plants to Confucian scholarjunzi, or "gentlemen." [Seunghye Sun, Cleveland Museum of Art, (3/27-8/28/11); "The Lure of Painted Poetry"]

Cleveland Museum of Art, (3/27-8/28/11); "The Lure of Painted Poetry" cat. no. 77

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