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Bottle with carved and incised design of two phoenixes and peony vinescrolls

Type
Bottle (maebyeong)
Historical period(s)
Goryeo period, mid 12th century
Medium
Stoneware with celadon glaze
Dimension(s)
H x W: 28.5 x 18.8 cm (11 1/4 x 7 3/8 in)
Geography
Korea, Jeollanam-do province, Gangjin county, Gangjin kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1912.96
Label
This bottle, probably made for use in the royal court, is embellished with the motif of phoenixes among peony scrolls, which signifies peace and prosperity. Masterful carving of the design caused the glaze to pool in the deeper cuts. Where the glaze is thick, it appears darker, outlining the motifs and emphasizing the incised details.

To 1912
Yamanaka & Company, New York, NY, to 1912 [1]

From 1912 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company, New York, NY, in 1912 [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. 2361, Freer Galley 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, peony, phoenix, stoneware, wine
Collection(s) Area
Korean Art
Web Resource(s)
Korean Ceramics, Google Cultural Institute

Rights Statement
Copyright with museum






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