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On View: Asian Galleries, South, 2nd floor
One of the most beloved ceramic forms in the Korean tradition is the moon jar. These large, round storage jars of undecorated white porcelain were formed in two parts and joined at the center, where a seam is often visible. Many moon jars slumped or tilted during firing, as the clay could not support its own weight, but their lopsided appearance is treasured as a charming imperfection.

Brooklyn’s moon jar is quite small. This unusual size has led experts to suggest that it is of later date than most of the classic examples.
MEDIUM Porcelain with glaze
  • Place Made: Korea
  • DATES late 18th–19th century
    DYNASTY Joseon Dynasty
    DIMENSIONS 11 3/4 x 11in. (29.8 x 27.9cm) Diameter at mouth: 5 1/2 in. (14 cm) Diameter at base: 5 1/8 in. (13 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Gift of John M. Lyden
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Asian Galleries, South, 2nd floor
    CAPTION Jar, late 18th–19th century. Porcelain with glaze, 11 3/4 x 11in. (29.8 x 27.9cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of John M. Lyden, 84.262.8. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 84.262.8_transp4287.jpg)
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