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Small jar, adapted to use as a tea caddy

Historical period(s)
Joseon period, first half of 17th century
Stoneware (unvitrified porcelain) with iron pigment under transparent glaze; gold lacquer repairs; ivory lid
H x W: 6.9 x 8.8 cm (2 11/16 x 3 7/16 in)
Korea, eastern Gyeongsangnam-do province
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
This small jar with rounded body and wide mouth is a utilitarian shape commonly made at regional kilns in Korea. Such vessels became popular in Japan as tea-ceremony utensils, either as tea bowls or, in small sizes like this jar, as containers for powdered tea. (The ivory lid was made in Japan).

To 1901
Rufus E. Moore, New York, NY, to 1901 [1]

From 1901 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Rufus E. Moore in 1901 [2]

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


[1] See Original Pottery List, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[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
Rufus E. Moore (C.L. Freer source) (1840 - 1918)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel
clear glaze, Joseon period (1392 - 1910), Korea, lacquer repair, stoneware, tea, unvitrified porcelain
Collection(s) Area
Korean Art
Web Resource(s)
Korean Ceramics, Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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