국립중앙박물관 NATIONAL MUSEUM OF KOREA

Highlights
White Porcelan Jar in with Plum, Bamboo and Bird Design in Underglaze Cobalt Blue
  • Exhibition Name

    Blue-and-white Porcelain Jar with Plum, Bamboo, and Bird Design

  • Culture/Period

    Joseon Dynasty

  • Materials

    Ceramics - White Porcelain

  • Category

    Food - Tableware - Storage Carriage - Jar

  • Dimensions

    H. 16.5cm, (mouth) D. 6.2cm, (bottom) D. 9.0cm

  • Designation

    National Treasure 170

  • Accession Number

    Sinsu 4522

  • Location

    Buncheong Ware and White Porcelain Gallery

This white porcelain jar decorated with Korean plum flowers, bamboo, and birds painted in cobalt blue evidences a transitional phase in the development of blue-and-white porcelain in Korea, during which the predominantly cobalt blue designs exchanged the complexity and luxuriousness of Chinese origin for the simplicity and austereness which eventually came to characterize Korean blue-and-white porcelain wares. The central motif exhibits a thicker and more vibrant blue, whereas the auxiliary motifs decorating the lid, base, and mouth are marked by a thinner, paler blue, leading to a three-dimensional, more realistic effect. The refined brush strokes capturing the images of the bamboo, bird, and plum jar attest to the artistic sensibility of Korean people.