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Tea bowl

Tea bowl
Historical period(s)
Joseon period, second half 16th century
Porcelain with transparent, pale blue glaze
8.0 x 16.0 cm
Korea, Western Gyeongsangnam-do province, Jinju
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
This bowl was probably made to order at a kiln in southeastern Korea to be exported to Japan for use as a tea bowl. It represents the earliest phase of such ordering as identified by archaeological research. Its shape is that of a tea bowl used in Japan, not of a Korean tableware bowl converted to use as a tea bowl.

To 1902
Samuel Colman (1832-1920), New York, NY, and Newport, RI, to 1902 [1]

From 1902 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased at the sale of the Samuel Colman Collection, American Art Association, New York, March 19-22, 1902 [2]

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


[1] Undated folder sheet note. See Original Pottery List, L. 1134, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Samuel Colman was collecting Asian objects by at least 1880 (see Curatorial Remark 11, Louise Cort, April 20, 2007, in the object record).

[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.

Previous Owners
Samuel Colman, American Art Association
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel
Joseon period (1392 - 1910), Korea, pale blue glaze, porcelain, tea
Collection(s) Area
Korean Art
Web Resource(s)
Korean Ceramics, Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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