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LACMA's lovely show on Korea in a time of transformation
LACMA's lovely show on Korea in a time of transformation

How remarkable that a simple piece of undecorated, fired white clay can be a riveting work of art. Yet there it is, beckoning quietly from a vitrine near the start of "Treasures From Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910." The large and lovely show opened Sunday at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The work in question is "Moon Jar," a 16-inch porcelain vessel of a distinctive and highly coveted type. Porcelain was a global sensation in the 18th century, when this jar was made, and royal and other kilns in Korea produced sought-after works in different styles. Many are in the show, where their exceptional quality is a highlight. One style was exquisitely austere....

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