A thank you to our friends!
Thanks to the Friends of the Oriental Museum two new Korean pieces have been added to our collection recently to complement the piece won at Art Fund COLLECT. These contemporary white porcelain pieces are one of a kind and will help fill gaps in our collection, bringing the story of Korean ceramics up-to-date.
One piece is a set of five, paper-thin bowls by Lee In Hwa. By thinning small bands of the porcelain, she creates a subtle, almost cloud-like pattern in the sides of the bowls that are reminiscent of a misty morning.
The second piece that has been bought is an impressive Korean ‘Moon Jar’ by internationally acclaimed potter Mun Pyung, and this forms the centrepiece of our Korea gallery.
The ‘Moon Jar’ is so named as it, perhaps unsurprisingly, is shaped like a full moon. This form became popular in Korea in the 18th century and it was famed for its purity of colour, the simplicity of its form, and the variations of light that are caused by the purposeful imperfections in the clay.
The Moon Jar shape is so unique and distinct that it has become a quintessential Korean piece. Modern masters of the Moon Jar are few and far between and so this piece is extremely important for the Korean gallery and the museum collection as a whole.
Both of these pieces are now on display in the permanent gallery. We remain grateful to our Friends for their continued support for such important additions to the collections.