Jar with Peony Motif
Mediumporcelain, cobalt, glaze
Dimensions- : 9 x 8 x 8 in. (22.86 x 20.32 x 20.32 cm)
Credit LineGift of John '54 and Reda '57 Santinga
LabelPeonies are symbols of abundance and prosperity in Korean culture and appear frequently as a motif in Korean art. White porcelains decorated with underglaze blue designs have been produced in Korea since at least the 15th century. Korea’s porcelain industry was devastated in the late 16th century when Japanese invaders destroyed many kilns and kidnapped hundreds of craftsmen, taking them back to Japan to create a porcelain industry there. But the industry recovered and by the 18th and 19th centuries, blue and white porcelain was the most highly prized type of ceramic among Korea’s wealthy classes.