Jar decorated with flowers and insects

Period: Joseon dynasty (1392–1910)

Date: mid-18th century

Culture: Korea

Medium: Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue design

Dimensions: H. 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm); Diam. 11 3/8 in. (28.9 cm); Diam. of base: 5 1/2 in. (14 cm); Diam. of rim: 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Purchase, Parnassus Foundation/Jane and Raphael Bernstein Gift, and Diane Carol Brandt Gift, 2005

Accession Number: 2005.406


In its form, color, and style of decoration, this handsome jar is representative of blue-and-white porcelain produced at court-patronized kilns in eighteenth-century Korea. The minimalism of the painted design and the abundance of white space are among the features that distinguish Korean blue-and-white porcelain from its contemporary equivalents in China, Japan, and Europe.