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White Porcelain Jar with Underglaze-Iron Cloud and Bamboo Design
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The plump body of this jar, typical of mid-Joseon works, was made in two separate pieces which were then attached. The brushwork was very skillfully done on this interesting piece. Bands of clouds encircle the body, two at the top and one at the bottom, and the clouds are of an unusual shape, resembling flowers with tails. On the round belly of the jar are painted large bamboo stalks with long leaves attached in threes. We can even sense the spinning of the potter’s wheel from the traces of his fingers left in the clay. The clay used to make this jar has a grayish cast. The glazed surface is crackled in places, and there are traces of sand from the firing visible on the foot. This famous piece clearly reveals the characteristics of 17th-century underglaze iron porcelain with its somewhat rough surface and bold, entertaining decoration. It is designated as Korean Treasure No. 1231.

History of the Object
White porcelain jars decorated with dragons and bamboo painted in blackish iron-oxide pigment were in fashion during the mid-Joseon period. Such porcelain works with underglaze iron featuring bold brushwork used to depict broadly humorous scenes, in contrast to the more austere look of other Joseon porcelain genres.

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Type
Ceramics 
Materials
White Porcelain 
Measurements
H. 33.2 cm, D. 16.8 cm (mouth), 15. 2cm (base) 
Creator name
Anonymous 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 17th century ~ AD 17th century 
Creation date
17th Century; Joseon Period 
Function
Jar 
Acquisition
It is the official position of the Leeum Museum not to publish the provenance of its collection. 
Copyright
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art 
Museum
Leeum Samsung Museum of Art 
Credit line
Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art 

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