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Course: Art of Asia > Unit 3

Lesson 7: Joseon dynasty (1392–1897)

Moon jar

Enlarge this image. Jar, approx. 1600. Korea. Joseon Dynasty (1392–1910). Porcelain with transparent glaze. Courtesy of the Asian Art Museum, The Avery Brundage Collection, B60P110+.
This type of globular porcelain jar is known as a moon jar (dal hang-ari). Its white color suggests the Confucian virtues of purity, honesty, and modesty, and the form was thought to represent the fertility and embracing, gentle qualities of women.
Although porcelain wares were produced concurrently with celadons during the Goryeo dynasty (918–1392), not until the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910) did they come into prominence.  From about 1600 on, porcelain definitely came to dominate the field of Korean ceramics because the preference for the color white dominated Korean aesthetics throughout the Joseon dynasty.

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