Storage Jar

Three Kingdoms period, Kaya or Early Shilla Kingdom, about 6th century
Stoneware with areas of ash glaze
H. 15 3/4 in. (40.0 cm), D. 16 1/2 in. (41.9 cm); 1981.2

Artist Comments

Yong Soon Min
I generally overlook ceramics but this jar caught my eye and kept it glued. It is so what it is. This work exemplifies well-worn notions that truth-is-beauty and that less-is-more in its emphatic, matter-of-fact rotundity! The jar exudes a surprisingly elegant voluptuousness despite or beyond the unadorned simplicity of its terracotta form. What initially seemed jarring (pun unintended but acknowledged) and somewhat comical-the tiny worm-like handles, which defy utility and seem superfluous to the otherwise essentialized form-have grown to accept and appreciate the wisdom of its inclusion; the jar would seem unanchored, as it were, without these visual weights.