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Tea bowl

Tea bowl (koraijawan)
Historical period(s)
Joseon period, second half of 16th century
Stoneware (unvitrified porcelain) with clear glaze; gold lacquer repairs
7.1 x 15.7 cm
Korea, western Gyeongsangnam-do province, Jinju city or Sancheong county
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
Provincial Korean porcelain bowls were prized as tea bowls in Japan. Discoloration of the clay of such bowls was caused by the tea's seeping through pores in the glaze. Japanese connoisseurs poetically compared the subtle variations in color to the rain-stained plaster walls of a dilapidated hut. Gold lacquer was the material customarily used in Japan for ornamental repairs of chips and cracks.

To 1905
Edward G. Getz, New York, NY, to 1905 [1]

From 1905 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Edward G. Getz in 1905 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1337, 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.

Previous Owners
Edward G. Getz
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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