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Ritual water sprinkler (kundika or jeongbyeong)

Ritual water sprinkler (kundika or jeongbyeong)
Historical period(s)
Goryeo period, late 12th - early 13th century
Stoneware with white and black inlays under celadon glaze; bronze repair
H x W x D: 31 x 16.1 x 13.8 cm (12 3/16 x 6 5/16 x 5 7/16 in)
Korea, Jeollabuk-do province, Buan county, Buan kilns, Yucheon-ri group
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
This vessel, used for drinking water, illustrates the effectiveness of inlay for pictorial decoration on ceramics. Black and white inlays within incised motifs portray a tranquil scene in which a willow tree stands alongside a lotus pond. Similar landscapes appear on bronze ritual sprinklers inlaid with silver wire. This piece was made at the Puan kiln complex in southwestern Korea.

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]


[1] Undated folder sheet note. Also see Original Pottery List, L. 1933, 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
Yamanaka and Co. (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel
black inlay, Buddhism, crane, duck, Goryeo period (918 - 1392), green glaze, Korea, kundika, lotus, stoneware, tree, water, white inlay
Collection(s) Area
Korean Art
Web Resource(s)
Korean Ceramics, Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum

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