May 1, 2012



백자호 (白磁壺)


Glazed porcelain

Overall: 34.3 cm (13 1/2 in.); Outer diameter: 31.6 cm (12 7/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1983.28


Did you know?

Known as a “moon” jar, this vessel is named for its circular form and color.


This white jar reflects values of frugality and pragmatism, political ideals encouraged by the ruling house’s government. The absence of underglaze cobalt blue decoration could be the artist’s response to the socioeconomic crisis caused by famines in the late 1600s. The Korean ruling house then enforced strict laws banning luxuries, including cobalt blue, to preserve state finances. Such challenges did not stop the artist from experimenting with a new aesthetics. The concept of minimalism, often phrased as “less is more,” is powerfully exercised in this jar.


How It Was Made
Joseon Pottery
Storage Vessel
See also
Korean Art
Korean Art
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