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Bowl, used in Japan as tea bowl
mid 15th century

Joseon period

Stoneware with white inlay under clear, pale green glaze; makie lacquer repair
H: 7.8 W: 17.7 cm

Gift of Charles Lang Freer F1904.114

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Three Chinese characters stamped below the rim of this bowl name a Korean government office for which the work was made. Despite their intended use for serving rice or soup, some bowls of this type were exported to Japan, where they became teabowls. Tea tannin has stained the soft glaze deeply, creating a patina cherished by tea practitioners. The costly lacquer repair with relief design of autumn grasses echoes the stamped motif of wild aster flowers.

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