late 1800s–early 1900s
Porcelain with underglaze blue
Outer diameter: 34.3 cm (13 1/2 in.); Overall: 49.4 cm (19 7/16 in.)
Gift of Yamanaka Shoji in memory of Jiro Yamanaka 1989.117
Nineteenth-century Korean blue-and-white porcelains tend to feature broad shoulders and a tall neck.
This vase with broad shoulders and a tall neck represents a typical style of 19th-century blue-and-white porcelain. Unlike earlier examples decorated mainly with literati themes that evoke neo-Confucian moral values—plum blossoms (purity), orchids (grace), bamboo (integrity), and chrysanthemums (loftiness)—porcelain works of the 1800s feature fully bloomed peonies and a pair of playful birds, symbols of wealth and familial harmony.
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