Moon Jars, traditional Korean vases from the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), are aptly named for their round, lunar shape and come in various hues of porcelain and glazed ceramics. Appealing to the modern art world, they are now sought-after works in galleries and museums worldwide. Their charm and significance are derived from their shape and the spiritual symbolism they represent- the austere values of Seonbi Korean scholars, including purity, honesty, modesty, and imperfection. Every jar has an unmatched center where the two wheel-thrown halves have been joined. The technique behind making them requires immense skill to ensure the two halves possess identical widths, cementing their iconic appearance, and symbolizing perfect unity. Sung Wook Park, an international artist with works showcased at the Saatchi Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum, is an expert in Buncheong style Moon Jars. He finds inspiration from classic Korean ceramics, which he reinterprets in his style.
Sung Wook Park
Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Wooden box with silk ties, signed and dated
Diameter x Height
29.5 x 27cm