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Bowl

Type
Bowl
Historical period(s)
Goryeo period, first half of 14th century
Medium
Stoneware with white and black inlays under celadon glaze
Dimension(s)
H x W: 6 x 19.4 cm (2 3/8 x 7 5/8 in)
Geography
Korea, Jeollanam-do province, Gangjin county, Gangjin kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1909.322
Label
The decoration of this bowl epitomizes the intricacy of inlaid slip decoration on celadon wares of the 14th century. This technique, unique to Korean celadon, depends upon the contrast of white and dark clay-based pigments, which fill incised patterns on the gray clay body of the vessel. This bowl has inlaid decoration on both the interior and exterior surfaces, with the exterior showing "reverse-inlay" where the background areas of the design are inlaid.

To 1909
Yamanaka & Company, 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. See Original Pottery List, L. 1992, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. The majority of Charles Lang Freer’s purchases from Yamanaka & Company were made at its New York branch. Yamanaka & Company maintained branch offices, at various times, in Boston, Chicago, London, Peking, Shanghai, Osaka, Nara, and Kyoto. During the summer, the company also maintained seasonal locations in Newport, Bar Harbor, and Atlantic City.

[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
C.L. Freer source: Yamanaka and Co.
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Keyword(s)
black inlay, chrysanthemum, Goryeo period (918 - 1392), green glaze, Korea, lotus, phoenix, stoneware, white inlay
Collection(s) Area
Korean Art
Web Resource(s)
Korean Ceramics, Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum






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