29 janvier 2017
Large jar with peony decoration, Joseon dynasty (1392–1910), late 15th century. Buncheong ware with incised and sgraffito design. H. 15 in. (38.1 cm); Diam. 10 7/8 in. (27.6 cm). Rogers Fund, 1916, 16.122.1. © 2000–2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The boldly rendered peony flowers and leaves here capture the essence of the exuberant plant, which symbolizes wealth and prestige. The technique of incising the design’s outlines and carving away the background through the white slip is characteristic of buncheong vessels produced... [Lire la suite]
09 janvier 2017
Brush holder with lotus decoration, Korea, Joseon dynasty (1392–1910), mid-19th century. Porcelain with openwork design. H. 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm); Diam. 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm). Hewitt Fund, 1911, 11.142.1 © 2000–2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Scholarly men of the Joseon dynasty collected and used tasteful accessories, such as this piece and the water droppers, for writing or painting. The lotus is an emblem of the Confucian scholar aptly used here to ornament an object for his study.
04 janvier 2017
Jar with tiger decoration, Korea, Joseon dynasty (1392–1910), 19th century. Porcelain with underglaze cobalt blue design. 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm); Diam. of base: 5 13/16 in. (14.8 cm). National Museum of Korea, L.2016.43.10a, b. Photograph courtesy the National Museum of Korea Tigers appear frequently in nineteenth-century Korean art, including ceramics, lacquer, and painting. Although symbolic of strength and fierceness, the animal is often rendered with a humorous, expressive face, as on this blue-and-white jar. Here, a... [Lire la suite]
04 janvier 2017
Jar with grape decoration, Korea, Joseon dynasty (1392–1910), 18th century.Porcelain with underglaze copper-red design. H. 10 1/2 in. (26.7 cm); Diam. 10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm), National Museum of Korea, L.2016.43.9a, b. Photograph courtesy the National Museum of Korea. The deep red of the grapes and leaves on this rotund jar results from oxidized copper, which was difficult to manipulate. In Joseon Korea, the limited production of porcelain with underglaze copper-red decoration was concentrated in the eighteenth century. ... [Lire la suite]