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Historical period(s)
Goryeo period, mid 13th century
Stoneware with copper-red pigment and white slip under celadon glaze
30.5 x 16.7 cm
Korea, Jeolla-do province, Gangjin or Buan county, Gangjin kilns, Sadang-ri group, or Buan kilns, Yucheon-ri group
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
Deep red copper pigment outlines the petals of the two lotus buds that compose the body of this ewer and accents the leaf-shaped spout and other sculptural details such as the kneeling children on the neck. An identical ewer, registered as a National Treasure in Korea, was found in the tomb of a military ruler, Choe Hang, who died in 1257, on Kanghwa Island, where between 1232 and 1270 the Goryeo court took refuge from repeated Mongol invasions.

To 1915
Kuroda Takuma, Japan, to 1915 [1]

From 1915 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Kuroda Takuma, in San Francisco, in 1915 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 2429, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. See also, Curatorial Remark 22, Louise Cort, March 11, 2011, and Curatorial Remark 23, Louise Cort, September 3, 2011, 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
Kuroda Takuma
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel
child, copper pigment, flower, frog, Goryeo period (918 - 1392), Korea, lotus, stoneware, white slip, wine
Collection(s) Area
Korean Art
Web Resource(s)
Korean Ceramics, Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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