Asian Art

Jar with Chrysanthemums

15th century

Stoneware with stamped rope-curtain pattern and inlaid white slip (Buncheong ware)

10 7/8 × 5 1/4 in. (27.62 × 13.34 cm)
Yung G. Wang Family Endowment Fund
Characterized by the use of white slip and inlaid and stamped designs, Buncheong ware is a uniquely Korean ceramic type that was produced in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Buncheong wares were used ceremonially at the court, in temples, and as tablewares. This jar shape is often called a “placenta jar,” suggesting that it served a ceremonial function during childbirth. It remains unclear whether the shape was designed for that purpose or was originally intended for wine or grain storage.
On view*
Joseon dynasty (1392–1910)
Containers - Ceramics

Robert W. Moore Collection; Bonhams sale, 24202, lot 7039, March 15, 2017, NY; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


“Acquisitions July 1, 2016–June 30, 2017,” (accessed December 1, 2017).

Namwon Jang and Youn-mi Kim, “History of Collecting Korean Ceramics in America and the Yale University Art Collections,” Arts of Asia (March–April 2018): 115, fig. 22.

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