The Korean aesthetic was quite different from Chinese concepts of beauty. Subtlety and spontaneity are the hallmarks of Korean ceramics. During the Chosŏn Dynasty (1392–1910), white porcelain was a luxury item reserved for royalty. An asymmetrical storage jar made of two wheel-thrown bowls joined together is popularly referred to as full moon jar. Such jars are appreciated by connoisseurs for the subtlety of their distorted globular silhouette.
Artist Korean
  • Moon Jar
  • Dal Hangari (alternate title)
Date 18th century
Medium Porcelain with glaze
Dimensions Overall: 14 1/2 × 14 1/2 inches (36.8 × 36.8 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, G. Albert Lyon Fund and L.A. Young Fund, with additional funds from Mrs. George Endicott and Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Endicott
Accession Number 1984.2
Department Asian Art
Not On View
Kochukyo collection.
(Klaus F. Naumann);
1984-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Bulletin of the DIA: Annual Report (1984): p. 11 (fig. 9.).

Chang, Haely (Haeyoon). “Korea’s Moon Jars - Transported, Transfigured, and Reinterpreted.” Bulletin of the DIA 92, no. 1/4 (2018): pp. 36-38, 40 (fig. 1).