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Jar

Type
Jar
Historical period(s)
Silla kingdom, Three Kingdoms period, late 5th-mid 6th century
Medium
Unglazed stoneware
Dimension(s)
47.1 x 38.4 cm
Geography
Korea, Gyeongsang-do province
Credit Line
Purchase
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1985.4
Label
Many jars made of gray unglazed stoneware, of which this is an exceptionally large example, have been excavated from tombs in the vicinity of Kyongju, capital of the Silla kingdom. The jars held food offerings for the deceased. Incised and impressed decoration on this jar closely resembles chased decor on gold crowns found in some tombs.

From early 1960s to 1985
Rear Adm. George Washington Pressey (died 1966) and Elizabeth Lee Berger (primo voto Mrs. George Washington Pressey) (1913-2002), Washington, D.C. [1]

From 1985
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Elizabeth Lee Berger, January 3, 1985 [2]

Notes:

[1] According to information in the object's record, the vessel was acquired in Korea by Mrs. Berger and her first husband, Rear Adm. George Washington Pressey (died 1966), when they were posted there in the early 1960s.

[2] See Invoice, issued by Mrs. Elizabeth L. Berger (Mrs. Samuel D. Berger), signed and dated 3 January 1985, copy in object file.

On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Keyword(s)
Korea, stoneware, Three Kingdoms period (1st century BCE - 7th century CE), unglazed
Collection(s) Area
Korean Art
Web Resource(s)
Korean Ceramics, Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum






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