One of the most important times in the history of Korean blue-and-white porcelain ware was during the 518-year reign of the Joseon Dynasty. The strong influence of Confucianism at that time persuaded the public to lead more frugal lifestyles, which led many to view the conventional blue-and-white ware as extravagant. Court artisans soon began to decorate porcelain in a drastically different and more moderate manner.

This exhibition brings together some 40 works from the Joseon Dynasty and includes contemporaneous lacquerware; till Oct. 14.

The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka; (06) 6223 0055; 1-1-26, Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka; Naniwabashi Station, Keihan Nakanoshima Line. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥600. Closed Mon. (except Sept. 17, Oct. 8), Sept. 18 and Oct. 9.