Jar with Lid
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 decoration
late 19th century
Height: 7 7/8 in. (20 cm)
Diameter at mouth: 5 1/16 in. (12.8 cm)
Diameter at base: 5 1/16 in. (12.8 cm)
Diameter at widest point: 9 in. (22.9 cm) (show scale)
Gift of Bernice and Robert Dickes
This nineteenth-century porcelain jar has an upright mouth and a voluminous round body. The peony and vine design that covers almost the entire body did not exist before the nineteenth century in Korea, and this development seems to be a direct result of the introduction of Qing-dynasty (Chinese) porcelain ware to Joseon. The word "Unhyeon" is written on the base of the jar in cobalt blue, revealing that it was made for use in Unhyeongung after 1864. Still in good condition, the jar has a matching lid. The foot has some kiln grit on it from the firing.
From "Korean Art Collection in the Brooklyn Museum" catalogue.
Jar with Lid, late 19th century. Porcelain with under glaze cobalt decoration, Height: 7 7/8 in. (20 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Bernice and Robert Dickes, 78.247.1a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 78.247.1a-b_PS11.jpg)
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