Tea bowl, Ki-Irabo type

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Historical period(s)
Joseon period, early 17th century
Medium
Stoneware with opaque wood-ash glaze; gold lacquer repairs
Style
Possibly Beopgi-ri ware
Dimensions
H x W: 6.1 x 12.8 cm (2 3/8 x 5 1/16 in)
Geography
Korea, Gyeongsangnam-do province, Yangsan, possibly Beopgi-ri kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1911.376
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Tea bowl (Ki-Irabo chawan)

Keywords
Beopgi-ri ware, Joseon period (1392 - 1910), Korea, lacquer repair, stoneware, tea
Provenance

To 1911
Y. Fujita and Company, Kyoto, to 1911 [1]

From 1911 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Y. Fujita and Company in 1911 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 2163, pg. 552, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. Bought by C.L. Freer from Y. Fujita, Kyoto, while on a trip during 1910-1911 (see Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record).

[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)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Y. Fujita and Company (C.L. Freer source)

Label

The type of tea bowl known in Japan as Ki-Irabo (Yellow Irabo) was made in Korea to Japanese order beginning in the early seventeenth century. This type of bowl is characterized by coarse, stony clay and an ochre-colored ash glaze. Bowls of this type were replicated at various kilns in Japan, including the Karatsu kilns in northern Kyushu and the Rakuzan kiln in Matsue.

Published References
  • Korean Art in the Freer and Sackler Galleries. Washington, D.C. no. 4.13, p. 47.
Collection Area(s)
Korean Art
Web Resources
Korean Ceramics
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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