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Bowl

Type
Bowl
Historical period(s)
Goryeo period, 12th century
Medium
Stoneware with celadon glaze
Dimension(s)
H x W: 9.8 x 22.7 cm (3 7/8 x 8 15/16 in)
Geography
Korea, Jeollanam-do province, Gangjin county, Gangjin kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1909.14
Label
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.

To 1909
Yamanaka & Company, New York, NY, to 1909 [1]

From 1909 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1909 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] Undated folder sheet note. Also see Original Pottery List, L. 1903, 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
Yamanaka and Co. (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Keyword(s)
Goryeo period (918 - 1392), green glaze, Korea, stoneware
Collection(s) Area
Korean Art
Web Resource(s)
Korean Ceramics, Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum






The Freer is closed for renovation and reopening in 2017. The Sackler remains open, with a full lineup of exhibitions and events both in the museum and around DC.