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Tea bowl

Tea bowl (koraijawan)
Historical period(s)
Joseon period, second half 16th century
Stoneware (unvitrified porcelain) with clear glaze; lacquer repairs
H x W: 8.3 x 17.3 cm (3 1/4 x 6 13/16 in)
Korea, Eastern Gyeongsangnam-do province, Kimhae or Yangsan
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
Bowl, ovoidal, with two sides compressed; bold basal ring. Seven spur-marks, inside. Gold lacquer repairs.
Clay: hard, grayish, sonant, porcelain.
Glaze: Clear glaze, appearing predominantly cream, merging with gray, tan, and faint green; close dark crackle. Glaze ends on base above foot except in one area where it covers top of foot.

To 1896
Yamanaka & Company, New York to 1896 [1]

From 1896 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1896 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 476, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Former owner
Yamanaka and Co. (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel
clear glaze, Joseon period (1392 - 1910), Korea, lacquer repair, stoneware, tea, unvitrified porcelain
Collection(s) Area
Korean Art
Web Resource(s)
Korean Ceramics, Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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