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Bowl with inlaid inscription

Historical period(s)
Joseon period, 1420 - 1450
Stoneware with white inlay under transparent glaze; gold lacquer repairs
Buncheong ware
8.5 x 19.0 cm
Korea, Gyeongsangbuk-do province
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
This bowl made for table use is an example of the common Joseon-period ware called buncheong, which is characterized by decoration executed with white slip (liquid clay) inlaid into densely stamped or incised motifs, then coated with a clear glaze. Around the outside of this bowl are stamped the characters for the name of a government office, Gunwi insubu, located in Gyeongsangbuk-do province. The office called insubu was in charge of warehouses used to store pottery acquired for official use. This bowl was probably made to order at a pottery workshop within Gyeongsangbuk-do province.

To 1898
Yamanaka & Company, to 1898 [1]

From 1898 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1898 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 570, 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
C.L. Freer source: Yamanaka and Co.
On View Location
Freer, Gallery 14: Cranes and Clouds: Inlay in Korean Ceramics
Ceramic, Vessel
Buncheong ware, clear glaze, Joseon period (1392 - 1910), Korea, lacquer repair, stoneware, tea, white inlay
Collection(s) Area
Korean Art
Web Resource(s)
Korean Ceramics, Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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