Jar (White porcelain with plum, bamboo)
Period: Joseon Dynasty, 16th century
Location: National Museum of Korea, Fine Arts Gallery
Status: National Treasure No. 166
Well known for its magnificent shape and design, this jar is a good example of 16th-century white porcelains with an underglaze of iron?brown. On the body, bamboo and plums are painted realistically. Bamboo is depicted in a technique that maximizes the effect of light and shade. By depicting slender, straight bamboo leaves and canes, the artist wanted to express the integrity and spirit of bamboo. On the opposite side, by detailing plum trees with small branches that rise straight up, the artist created a poetic and noble mood. Seeing that its design was done with a refined and elegant technique, it is likely that the jar has been designed by a court painter.
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