Past Exhibitions

Special Exhibition: “Sparkles of Jade – Goryeo Celadon”


This exhibition introduces a new aspect of the charm of Goryeo celadon by showing approximately 250 masterpieces, mainly from the collection of The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, along with representative works from other collections in Japan.
Goryeo celadon disappeared with the fall of the Goryeo dynasty (918-1392) and had been consigned to oblivion, being compelled to accept the name “illusory ceramic ware”. Between the end of the 19th century and the early 20th century, approximately 500 years from the collapse of the Goryeo dynasty, excavations of Goryeo mausoleums, tombs and remains were carried out, which soon brought Goryeo celadon into the spotlight once again. The beautiful color of the glaze, reminiscent of the sparkles of jade, enthralled the people of Goryeo in no time, arousing the desire to fire reproductions.
During the Goryeo dynasty, Buddhism was the state religion while Daoism was also popularly embraced. In the meantime, tea and wine cultures were introduced from China, which came into fashion among the royal household, aristocratic society and within temples. Goryeo celadon made its appearance in the forms of fittings used in various religious ceremonies as well as vessels and utensils for tea and wine drinking. Its translucent, lustrous glaze color known as “kingfisher color” is often compared to that of Yue celadon of the Tang and Five Dynasties periods as well as Ru celadon of the Northern Song dynasty. The most unique and alluring feature is the fine inlay decoration representing a high level of craftsmanship. Such beauty of Goryeo celadon made itself to be called the ware “par excellence” not only in the Korean Peninsula but also in China. Goryeo celadon is a superb embodiment of the quintessence of Goryeo culture, incorporating the prayers and ideas of the people of Goryeo.
Celebrating the 1100th anniversary of the foundation of the Goryeo dynasty this year, this special exhibition will be held at The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka approximately 30 years after its previous exhibition on Goryeo celadon. Based on a thorough study, this time the exhibition explores the world of this extraordinary ware from three perspectives: “prayer”, “tea culture” and “wine culture”. In addition to this rare occasion of gathering a large number of masterpieces together for this exhibition, reproductions of Goryeo celadon works made in modern times are also on display, which epitomize the Goryeo people’s enthusiasm for Goryeo celadon as well as the effort of the potters to reproduce the ware.


TitleSpecial Exhibition:
“Sparkles of Jade – Goryeo Celadon”
DatesSaturday, September 1, 2018~Sunday, November 25, 2018
VenueThe Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka Closed daysMondays (open on September 17, 24 and October 8), September 18, September 25 and October 9
Opening hours9:30 am – 5:00 pm (last admission: 4:30 pm) Organized byThe Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka/ Japan Broadcasting Cooperation Osaka Station/ NHK PlaNet, Inc. Kinki Branch Office/ The Mainichi Newspapers Co., Ltd.
Special sponsorNational Museum of Korea With the special cooperation ofTokyo National Museum
With the cooperation ofCCS Inc. With the support ofKorean Cultural Center Osaka
AdmissionAdults 1,200 (1,000) yen, university and high school students 700 (600) yen
a. Prices in parenthesis are group discount rates for a party of 20 or more
b. The following visitors are free of charge:
① Holders of special IDs such as Shogaisha techo (Identification Booklet for the Ph ysically Disabled), including one attendant
② Residents of Osaka City aged 65 or older (please show ID)
③ Junior high school students and younger children
Number of items on displayapproximately 250 works
Also showing[Permanent Exhibition]
Chinese Ceramics of the Ataka Collection
Korean Ceramics of the Ataka Collection and Rhee Byung-chang Collection
Japanese Ceramics
Chinese Snuff Bottles of the Oki Shoichiro Collection
Inquiries The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka
Phone: 06-6223-0055
Fax : 06-6223-0057

Examples of Objects on Display