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12th century

Unidentified, Korean
Goryeo period

Stoneware with celadon glaze
H: 9.8 W: 22.7 cm

Gift of Charles Lang Freer F1909.14

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This undecorated ceramic bowl with incurving rim replicates the form of metal alms bowls carried by Buddhist monks for receiving food offerings from devotees. The ceramic version was probably used for the same purpose and would have been a gift to a monastery from a noble patron.