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Moon Jar

Period:
Joseon dynasty (1392–1910)
Date:
second half of the 18th century
Culture:
Korea
Medium:
Porcelain
Dimensions:
H. 15 1/4 in. (38.7 cm); Diam. 13 in. (33 cm); Diam. of rim 5 1/2 in. (14 cm); Diam. of foot 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
The Harry G. C. Packard Collection of Asian Art, Gift of Harry G. C. Packard, and Purchase, Fletcher, Rogers, Harris Brisbane Dick, and Louis V. Bell Funds, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, and The Annenberg Fund Inc. Gift, 1975
Accession Number:
1979.413.1
  • Description

    A distinctive type of white porcelain from the late Joseon era (1392–1910), the moon jar (dalhangari) —  so called because of its evocative form — was usually made by joining two clay hemispheres. The resulting seam is often visible, and the overall shape has an organic appearance. The peach-colored flourishes in the glaze of this piece, unintentionally acquired during firing, add to its charm. Though porcelain was a worldwide phenomenon in the eighteenth century, vessels of this type are unique to Korea.

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