The moon jar previously belonged to a private owner in Japan. It is 45.1 centimeters (17.7 inches) tall, which is considered quite big for a Korean traditional moon jar.
Moon jars are a type of round, white porcelain jar made during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), especially during the 18th century.
“Fine 18th-century moon jars are extremely rare, and this gentle white sphere is a superb example,” reads the lot description on Christie’s New York.
A total of 19 pieces of Korean art, including porcelain jars and paintings, were listed at the Japanese and Korean Art auction on Monday, including a smaller white porcelain moon jar from a similar era that sold for $100,800.
A painting titled “Three Seated Women” (1962) by Park Soo-keun (1914-65) sold for $441,000.
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