Historical period(s)
Goryeo period, 12th century
Medium
Stoneware with celadon glaze
Dimensions
H x W: 9.8 x 22.7 cm (3 7/8 x 8 15/16 in)
Geography
Korea, Jeollanam-do province, Gangjin county, Gangjin kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1909.14
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Alms bowl

Keywords
Goryeo period (918 - 1392), green glaze, Korea, stoneware
Provenance

To 1909
Yamanaka & Company, New York 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. Also see Original Pottery List, L. 1903, 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 Owner(s)

Yamanaka and Co. (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Label

This undecorated ceramic bowl with incurving rim replicates the form of metal alms bowls carried by Buddhist monks for receiving food offerings from devotees. The ceramic version was probably used for the same purpose and would have been a gift to a monastery from a noble patron.

Published References
  • Edward B. Adams. Korea's Pottery Heritage. 2 vols., Seoul, 1986-1990. cat. 119.
  • Korean Art in the Freer and Sackler Galleries. Washington, D.C. no. 6.14, p. 90.
  • Robert L. Hobson, Edward S. Morse, Rose Sickler Williams. Chinese, Corean, and Japanese Potteries: Descriptive Catalogue of the Loan Exhibition. Exh. cat. New York, March 2-21, 1914. no. 112, p. 101.
  • Paths to Perfection, Buddhist Art at the Freer/Sackler. Washington, D.C. pp. 122-123.
Collection Area(s)
Korean Art
Web Resources
Korean Ceramics
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum