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White Porcelain Jar
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This particular jar is one such rare example, with almost no trace of the seam. It is further enhanced by the highly translucent glaze of superior quality applied upon a fine white porcelain clay. The surface is dappled with light-brown stains, which seem not to have been removed, in order to create an effect of clouds floating above the moon. The calm, solid proportion of this masterpiece of ceramic art exhibits the remarkably sophisticated yet unpretentious aesthetic of the Joseon period. It is designated as Korean National Treasure No. 309.

History of the Object
This round jar is exemplary of the so-called “moon jars” believed to have been produced in the Geumsa-ri kilns, active during the mid-Joseon period. Praised for exhibiting the refined beauty of plain white porcelain, the moon jars were made in two separately-thrown upper and lower parts, whose rims were joined before the piece was fired at a temperature high enough to achieve porcelaneous quality. Because vessels made in this manner often collapsed at the seam during firing, it was quite rare for a perfectly round form to emerge from the kiln.

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Type
Ceramics 
Materials
White Porcelain 
Measurements
H. 44.5 cm, D .21.5 cm (mouth), 16.5 cm (base) 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
18th 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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