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Bottle (maebyeong)
Historical period(s)
Goryeo period, 12th century
Stoneware with black and white slips under celadon glaze
34.4 x 20.3 cm
Korea, Jeollanam-do province, Haenam county, Haenam kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
Ginseng root, long a famous product of Korea, was consumed for its supposed ability to enhance vitality and longevity. The ginseng-leaf motif on this bottle was believed to transfer its powers to the wine within. The potter scratched the design out of the layer of black slip (liquid clay) and filled it with white slip before coating the bottle with green glaze.

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]


[1] Undated folder sheet note. Also see Original Pottery List, L. 1920, 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.

Previous Owners
Yamanaka and Co.
On View Location
Freer, Gallery 14: Cranes and Clouds: Inlay in Korean Ceramics
Ceramic, Vessel
black slip, ginseng, Goryeo period (918 - 1392), green glaze, Korea, Koryo (Goryeo) black ware, stoneware, white slip, wine
Collection(s) Area
Korean Art
Web Resource(s)
Korean Ceramics, Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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