On View: Asian Galleries, South, 2nd floor
Both of these jars bear a mark on the bottom that reads “Unhyeon,” indicating that they were made specifically for use in the Unhyeon palace in Seoul, birthplace of King Gojong (reigned 1864–1906), who later declared himself Korea’s first emperor. Probably used for storage of wet foodstuffs, these jars were of the highest quality available in their time, and as a result they were designated for a royal residence by the overseers of the official porcelain kilns.
Porcelain with under glaze cobalt painted decoration
last half of 19th century
Height: 5 15/16 in. (15.1 cm)
Diameter at mouth: 4 1/16 in. (10.3 cm)
Diameter at base: 4 1/16 in. (10.3 cm)
Diameter at widest point: 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)
Designated Purchase Fund
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