Ceramics of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) may not boast the fanciest designs, but their natural and pristine beauty can surely captivate any viewer who gives them a serious look.
White porcelain was mainly used by the royal family in the Joseon period. “In the mid-15th century, the government started to hire the leading potters of the country and made them produce ceramics for the royalty,”
Unlike Goryeo ware, which are glazed with the rich vibrant color of celadon and often featured characteristics of nature, Joseon white porcelains (baekja) are characterized by the beauty of modest forms, and minimal use of color, which conveyed the ideals of Korean Confucian state, that was preeminent at the time. The inimitably unique beauty of Korean culture came to be mirrored in baekja and gradually diversification in color and design became shared by both the court and the common people.
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