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By the seventeenth century, porcelain had overtaken stoneware as the ceramic of choice for wealthy Koreans and underglaze brown—once favored for decoration of Buncheong stonewares—enjoyed a brief revival, this time on porcelain vessels. These large, bulbous storage jars were formed by joining two bowls, one inverted on top of the other. The swelling surfaces of the jars give dimension and energy to curvilinear forms, as seen in particular in the swirl of the highly abstracted dragon.
Porcelain with underglaze iron decoration
Height: 13 9/16 in. (34.5 cm)
Diameter at mouth: 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm)
Diameter at base: 3 7/16 in. (8.8 cm)
Diameter at widest point: 15 1/16 in. (38.3 cm) (show scale)
The Peggy N. and Roger G. Gerry Collection
Jar, 17th century. Porcelain with underglaze iron decoration, Height: 13 9/16 in. (34.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, The Peggy N. and Roger G. Gerry Collection, 2004.28.236. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum (in collaboration with National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage, , CUR.2004.28.236_view1_Heon-Kang_photo_NRICH_edited.jpg)
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Were these decorated jars common in Korea?
Yes, there are a great number of these that were made. This was a storage jar for use in the home. However, the material, porcelain, was a relatively elite one. Common earthenware and stoneware were more accessible to the average person.