Jar with Bird and Flower Decoration

백자 청화 화조문 호 (白磁靑畵花鳥文壺)

Outer diameter: 33 cm (13 in.); Overall: 43.4 cm (17 1/16 in.)
Location: not on view
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Cobalt blue, an expensive imported mineral from Persia (modern-day Iran), was officially banned for use in Korea during the 1700s.


Joseon blue-and-white porcelains were called “靑畫," meaning “painted in blue.” The blue here indicates cobalt pigment. In the 1700s, the royal court banned the importation of cobalt blue for its luxurious nature; thus, relatively few Joseon blue-and-white porcelain vessels were produced at that time. In that context, this modest-looking jar was considered to be a rare luxury.
Jar with Bird and Flower Decoration

Jar with Bird and Flower Decoration


Korea, Joseon dynasty (1392–1910)

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