MFAH Lecture: "Korean Ceramics: The Great Tradition"

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Robert D. Mowry introduces Korean ceramics from the early historic period through the 19th century, focusing on the robust stonewares of the Three Kingdoms (57 BC–668 AD) and Unified Silla (668–935 AD) periods, the classical celadons of the Goryeo dynasty (918-1392), and the delicate porcelains and rustic buncheong wares of the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910).

This lecture emphasizes characteristics and innovations that are uniquely Korean, such as the invention of the inlay technique of ceramic decoration, but it also explores relationships between Korean and Chinese ceramics as well as between Korean ceramics and works of art in other media — from gold, silver and bronze to lacquer and painting. Mowry focuses especially on ceramics featured in the exhibition Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392–1910 and places the ceramics within the larger context of Korean society and culture.



Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005


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