Wine Flask with Plum and Bamboo Design

Wine Flask with Plum and Bamboo Design

백자 철화 매화·대나무무늬 편병 (白磁鐵畵梅竹文扁甁)

1600s

Glazed porcelain with underglazed iron design

Overall: 21.9 x 19 x 8.4 cm (8 5/8 x 7 1/2 x 3 5/16 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1999.44

Description

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."

See also
Collection: 
Korean Art
Department: 
Korean Art
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic

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