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A wide shouldered white porcelain jar with geometric designs

The jar has a wide, circular mouth, and a short cylindrical neck, which rises from the center of the jar’s inverted tulip-shaped body. The smooth white porcelain is embellished all over with linear designs painted in blue. The wide shoulders and tapering body of the jar feature repeated rows of circles, and within each circle is a symmetrical maze- like design. Geometric patterns also line the ridge of the opening and the base of the neck, in between which are small, stylized flowing clouds. Short, upward pointing shapes ring the base as well.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Large Storage Jar
Work Type
second half 19th century
Creation Place: East Asia, Korea
Chosŏn dynasty, 1392-1910
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Physical Descriptions

Blue-and-white ware: porcelain with decoration painted in underglaze cobalt blue; with mark reading "Un Hyŏn" ("Cloud Hill") painted in underglaze cobalt blue on the base; the inscription perhaps is a reference to the palace in which the Prince Regent lived from 1864 to 1873. Made at the official kilns in Kwangju-gun, Kyŏnggi province, perhaps in Punwŏn-ri.
H. 51 x Diam. 32.5 cm (20 1/16 x 12 13/16 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
Gregory (1922-1988) and Maria C. Henderson (1923-2007), Medford, MA (by 1969-1988), inherited; by Maria C. Henderson, Medford, MA (1988-1991), partial gift and partial purchase; to Harvard University Art Museums, 1991.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Partial gift of Maria C. Henderson and partial purchase through a fund established by Ernest B. and Helen Pratt Dane for the purchase of Asian art
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Asian and Mediterranean Art

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Publication History

  • Gregory Henderson, Korean Ceramics: An Art's Variety, exh. cat., Ohio State University, Divisions of Art Gallery (Columbus, Ohio, 1969), pp. 19 and 59, no. 136

Exhibition History

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