15th century, Joseon Dynasty (1392 - 1897)
Stoneware with dipped white
This humble example of 15th century stoneware seems in a different universe in comparison to the grandeur of the white porcelain produced at the court kilns during the Joseon Dynasty. This form of Buncheong ware has a coarse grey body, and either partially, or wholly covered in a thick white slip. This ceramic served as an inexpensive alternative to the favourable white porcelain enjoyed by the Ruling and elite classes of Joseon society. This piece offers insight into the stratas of Korean culture which have been forgotten - the general populace whose lives do not make up history, unlike their elite counterparts. The modesty reflected in this jar does not stem from the pressures of unattainable levels of moral and virtue, but instead stems from the genuine simplicity in its craft, design and usage.
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