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The moon jar is perhaps the most iconic of all Joseon porcelains. The name derives from the shape and the milky-white colour. Despite their size, they exude a tranquil elegance through their simple form and unadorned surface.
Moon jars were mostly produced from the mid-17th to mid-18th century, at kilns in Gwangju, Gyeonggi Province. Although they are now treasured as a quintessential expression of Joseon art and culture, in the Joseon era they were used as containers for liquor or food, as well as for display.
Copyright Collection of the National Museum of Korea, Seoul



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Earth, Fire and Soul: The Spirit of Joseon Korea Through the Art of Clay

3pm Saturday, 24 June 2017
Asian Civilisations Museum
1 Empress Place
Singapore 179555


SEACS has arranged the Curator of Chinese art at the Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM), Kan Shuyi, to give an introductory talk on Joseon Ceramics. Ceramics was one of the major forms of Joseon material culture and a key expression of Joseon artistic identity. The distinctiveness of Joseon ceramics was evident in porcelain painted with underglaze decoration, but it was perhaps best exemplified in buncheong (‘powdered celadon’) ceramics that encapsulated the experimental spirit of Joseon potters.


About Kan Shuyi
Kan Shuyi is the Curator of Chinese art at the Asian Civilisations Museum. She received her BA (Hons) in History from the National University of Singapore and MA in History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia from SOAS, University of London. Since joining ACM in 2007, she has curated and co-curated several exhibitions at the Museum, including The Kangxi Emperor: Treasures from the Forbidden City (2009), Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor and His Legacy (2011), as well as Secrets of the Fallen Pagoda: Treasures from Famen Temple and the Tang Court (2014). She has been excited by the opportunity to delve into the world of Korean art and history with her latest exhibition, Joseon Korea: Court Treasures and City Life (2017).

This event is open to SEACS members only as space is limited. Please RSVP to seacs.secretary@gmail.com. If you would like to bring along a guest, do email to seacs.secretary@gmail.com soonest and SEACS will confirm if any space is available a few days before the event.
The talk will commence promptly at 3pm and be followed by a short walk through the Joseon Korea: Court Treasures and City Life exhibition that will end at approximately 5pm.
If you are driving, park at the nearby National Gallery, Parliament House or Golden Shoe Carpark. The closest MRT station is Raffles Place and the ACM is a 5-minute walk away.