Home > Collections > Korean Art
Water bottle (kundika or jeongbyeong)
late 12th - early 13th century

Unidentified, Korean
Goryeo period

Stoneware with white and black inlays under celadon glaze; bronze repair
H: 31.0 W: 16.1 D: 13.8 cm
Buan, Korea

Gift of Charles Lang Freer F1909.44a-b

Enlarge this image | Purchase this image

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.



Please note: The Freer Gallery of Art will be closed to the public from January 2016 until summer 2017. The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Library, and Archives will remain open for the duration of the renovation. Learn more »