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Moon Jar

A work made of glazed porcelain, with repairs in gold powder.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of glazed porcelain, with repairs in gold powder.


Joseon dynasty (1392–1910), 17th century



About this artwork

This large, milky white jar, made during Korea’s Joseon dynasty, is called a moon jar because of its distinctive shape and color. In order to build the jar’s large round shape, Joseon potters joined two hemispherical halves in the center. The joint is almost visible under the smooth white glaze but subtly flattens out between the halves. This moon jar, like many others, has mysterious spots—possibly residue from liquid the jar once contained or the result of a crystal growth from the slow cooling of the kiln. Either way, these stains have become a part of the identity of Joseon moon jars.


On View, Gallery 131


Arts of Asia


Moon Jar


Korea (Object made in)




Glazed porcelain, with repairs in gold powder


33 × 32.5 cm (13 × 12 13/16 in.); Diam.: 32.5 cm (12 13/16 in.)

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Purchased with funds provided by an anonymous donor, Louise Lutz Estate, and Russell Tyson Endowment

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