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Water bottle (kundika or jeongbyeong)

Water bottle (kundika or jeongbyeong)
Historical period(s)
Goryeo period, first half of 13th century
Stoneware with white inlay under celadon glaze
H x W x D: 35.8 x 14.4 x 13 cm (14 1/8 x 5 11/16 x 5 1/8 in)
Korea, Jeolla-do province, Gangjin or Buan county, Gangjin or Buan kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
Originating in India and first made from metal, this vessel shape was used in Buddhist rituals for sprinkling sacred water through the narrow spout on the top. The sprinkler was filled through the covered opening on its shoulder. The inlaid decoration of peony medallions resembles a pattern found on silk brocades.

To 1909
Yamanaka & Company, to 1909 [1]

From 1909 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1909 [2]

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


[1] Undated folder sheet note. Also see Original Pottery List, L. 1934, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. The majority of Charles Lang Freer’s purchases from Yamanaka & Company were made at its New York branch. Yamanaka & Company maintained branch offices, at various times, in Boston, Chicago, London, Peking, Shanghai, Osaka, Nara, and Kyoto. During the summer, the company also maintained seasonal locations in Newport, Bar Harbor, and Atlantic City.

[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.
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel
Buddhism, Goryeo period (918 - 1392), green glaze, Korea, kundika, peony, stoneware, water, white inlay
Collection(s) Area
Korean Art
Web Resource(s)
Korean Ceramics, Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

The Freer is closed for renovation and reopening in 2017. The Sackler remains open, with a full lineup of exhibitions and events both in the museum and around DC.