About this object

History of use

This jar in the shape of an oil jar, but without a neck, is a 19th century copy of a Koryo Dynasty (935-1392) style. The fact that it is a copy is suggested by the unglazed foot. In earlier pieces the foot was covered by glaze.

Physical description

White porcelain bodied jar on single ring foot. Squat compressed spherical shape, lentoid in transverse cross-section, contracting to mouth, with rim turned slightly outward. Orange biscuit exposed around foot. Thick crackled and transparent grey-green glaze. Inlaid on upper surface are three sets of two cranes facing opposite directions, in black and white enclosed by white circle. Between circles are three small white irregular designs.