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Blue-and-white small jar with peony and ‘cloud collar’ designs


Artwork Details

Blue-and-white small jar with peony and ‘cloud collar’ designs
late 19th century
porcelain with blue underglaze painting
3 11/16 x 4 13/16 x 4 13/16 in. (9.3 x 12.1 x 12.1 cm)
Gift of Bruce and Inta Hasenkamp and Museum purchase made possible by Elder and Mrs. Sang-Yong Nam

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The potter of jar has neatly framed its squat, rounded body with a wide foot and mouth, each simply decorated with painted horizontal lines. The shape of this jar is nicely enhanced by its painted designs. An expansive peony branch fills the width of the globular body while a stylized “cloud collar” of ruyi (scepter head) motifs marks the transition to the neck. The mouth and foot are of the same height and width and each simply decorated with horizontal lines.
Maribeth Graybill, The Enduring Art of the Korean Potter, December 12, 2004-November 6, 2005

Physical Description:

This small jar features large peony sprays in the center of the body, and above them are decorated a yeoui-head band. This type of the small blue-and-white porcelain jars was popular among collectors thanks to the outstanding harmony of white and blue. This piece has coarse sand spur marks, and red spots are visible on the foot rim. The jar remains intact, and the glaze was well fused.
[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2014) p.173]

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