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Moon Jar

Photo: Susan Cole

Moon Jar


Park Young-sook

Korean, born 1947

White porcelain wares were favored by the royal court during the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910), largely because the color white suggests purity, honesty, and modesty—Confucian virtues that were valued at the time. The moon jar possesses a distinctive form, which evokes the full moon and hence the name. Park Young-sook is renowned for her re-creation of Joseon-dynasty moon jars. This "full moon" jar, with a milky white body and an all-over transparent glaze, unites the purity of form of traditional Korean pottery with modern technical prowess.
Porcelain with clear glaze
20 x 19 1/2in. (50.8 x 49.5cm)
Gift of Frank S. Bayley III, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum
Provenance: The artist; purchased by Frank S. Bayley, San Francisco, California; to Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington, 2007
Photo: Susan Cole
Now on view at the Asian Art Museum


Exhibition HistorySeattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Luminous: The Art of Asia, Oct. 13, 2011 - Jan. 8, 2012.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Asian Art Museum, Transforming Traditions: Japanese and Korean Art since 1800, May 23, 2009 - Feb. 21, 2010.

Seattle, Washington, Seattle Asian Art Museum, Boundless: Stories of Asian Art, Feb. 8, 2020 - ongoing.
Published ReferencesIshikawa, Chiyo, ed. "A Community of Collectors: 75th Anniversary Gifts to the Seattle Art Museum." Seattle: Seattle Art Museum, 2007, illus. p. 89

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