A similar jar acquired from us is published on page 86 of the Smithsonian catalogue, Symbols of Identity. The Haeju jar that we offer here has freely and beautifully painted cobalt blue chrysanthemum sprays, whose many petals are a symbol of abundance or fertility. In 1883, when royal support for the Bunwon kins ended, the kilns in Haeju, North Korea took over in a big way. Though Haeju jars are quite affordable, even the most serious collectors and major museums have them in their collections, because they are admired for their beautiful and freely expressive brushwork. Haeju kilns did not have to follow the restrictive rules and iconography of the royal kilns, so the painting in underglaze cobalt blue is bold, free, and very creative. Recent Korean Art Society events at the Brooklyn Museum and the Burke Collection included the viewing of Haeju ceramics in both of these very prominent Korean collections. The fun in collecting Haeju jars is in relying on your eye and your taste to choose the best-rendered examples, which we feel we have provided here for you. Height: 9.5 inches (24 cm), Circumference: 34.75 inches (88.25 cm).