Korean Ceramics: From Archaeology to Art History

The ceramics in this installation not only highlight the technological and artistic developments that occurred over two millennia on the Korean Peninsula but also demonstrate the complex position ceramic research occupies between the fields of archaeology and art history. Ceramics have anthropological and archaeological significance, serving as physical evidence of past human activity. They are also of art historical interest, aesthetically appreciated for their glazes, delicate forms, and intricate decorative techniques.

Installation arranged by Sol Jung, PhD Student, Department of Art & Archaeology, Princeton University.

This installation complements the spring 2014 Tang Center for East Asian Art Lecture Series. Three lectures on Korean art will be given by Professor Song-mi Yi, Professor Emerita of Art History, The Academy of Korean Studies. For more information see: http://www.princeton.edu/tang/lectures/tcls/.

  • Cut-stem bowl
    Cut-stem bowl, 5th–6th century
    Three Kingdoms (Silla) period, 57 B.C.–A.D. 668
    Korean
  • Maebyong vessel
    Maebyong vessel, 12th–13th century
    Goryeo dynasty, 918–1392
    Korean
  • Bowl
    Bowl, 15th century
    Joseon dynasty, 1392–1910
    Korean
  • Jar
    Jar, 18th century
    Joseon dynasty, 1392–1910
    Korean
  • Vase
    Vase, 10th–14th century
    Goryeo dynasty, 918–1392
    Korean
  • Oil bottle
    Oil bottle, 12th century
    Goryeo dynasty, 918–1392
    Korean
  • Cup and stand
    Cup and stand, 12th century
    Goryeo dynasty, 918–1392
    Korean
  • Maebyong vessel
    Maebyong vessel, 12th–late 14th century
    Goryeo dynasty, 918–1392
    Korean
  • Bowl with floral sprays
    Bowl with floral sprays, 12th–13th century
    Goryeo dynasty, 918–1392
    Korean
  • Melon ewer with lotus-flower design
    Melon ewer with lotus-flower design, 12th century
    Goryeo dynasty, 918–1392
    Korean