Historical period(s)
Goryeo period, mid 13th century
Medium
Stoneware with copper-red pigment and white slip under celadon glaze
Dimensions
H x W: 30.5 x 16.7 cm (12 x 6 9/16 in)
Geography
Korea, Jeolla-do province, Gangjin or Buan county, Gangjin kilns, Sadang-ri group, or Buan kilns, Yucheon-ri group
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1915.50a-b
On View Location
Freer Gallery 14: Rediscovering Korea's Past
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Ewer

Keywords
child, copper pigment, flower, frog, Goryeo period (918 - 1392), Korea, lotus, stoneware, white slip, wine
Provenance

To 1915
Kuroda Takuma, Japan, to 1915 [1]

From 1915 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Kuroda Takuma, in San Francisco, in 1915 [2]

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

Notes:

[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 2429, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. See also, Curatorial Remark 22, Louise Cort, March 11, 2011, and Curatorial Remark 23, Louise Cort, September 3, 2011, 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
Kuroda Takuma (C.L. Freer source)

Label

Deep red copper pigment outlines the petals of the two lotus buds that compose the body of this ewer and accents the leaf-shaped spout and other sculptural details such as the kneeling children on the neck. An identical ewer, registered as a National Treasure in Korea, was found in the tomb of a military ruler, Choe Hang, who died in 1257, on Kanghwa Island, where between 1232 and 1270 the Goryeo court took refuge from repeated Mongol invasions.

Published References
  • Ideals of Beauty: Asian and American Art in the Freer and Sackler Galleries. Thames and Hudson World of Art London and Washington, 2010. pp. 167.
  • Warren E. Cox. The Book of Pottery and Porcelain. 2 vols., New York. p. 228, fig. 419.
  • Lorraine d'Oremieux Warner. Eastern Art: An Annual. vols. 2 - 3, Philadelphia, 1930 - 1931. pl. 52, fig. 91.
  • Sunu Choi. 5000 Years of Korean Art. Seoul. p. 91, fig. 95.
  • Edwards Park. Treasures from the Smithsonian Institution., 1st ed. Washington and New York. p. 360.
  • Oriental Ceramics (Toyo Toji Taikan): The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. pl. 79.
  • Sekai toji zenshu (Catalogue of the World's Ceramics). 19 vols., Tokyo, 1976-1982. cats. 85-86.
  • Robert P. Griffing Jr. The Art of the Korean Potter: Silla, Koryo, Yi. New York and Greenwich, CT, Spring 1968. p. 40, fig. 10.
  • Byung-chang Rhee. Masterpieces of Korean Art. 3 vols., Tokyo. cat. 253.
  • Ann Yonemura. Korean Art in Western Collections, 5: Korean Art in the Freer Gallery of Art. vol. 4, no. 2 Los Angeles, June 1983. pp. 4-15, pl. 10.
  • Ann Yonemura. A Pioneer Collection of Korean Art. vol. 118, no. 258 London, August 1983. p. 151.
  • Sekai toji zenshu (Catalogue of the World's Ceramics). 16 vols, Tokyo, 1955-1958. pl. 107.
  • Louise Allison Cort. Japanese and Korean Ceramics. vol. 36, no. 1 Hong Kong, January-February 2006. p. 104, fig. 7.
  • unknown title: Joongang (Yoong-ang) Daily News. Seoul, Sunday, May 7, 1995. p. 7.
  • Kungnip Chungang Pangmulgwan. Selected Pieces of Korean Art from the collection of Mr. Byungchull Lee. Exh. cat. Seoul, April 16 - June 15, 1971. cat. 39.
  • Nagasaka Kaneo. Toki Koza. multi-vol., Tokyo, 1938 - 1939. p. 266, fig. 68.
  • Korean Art in the Freer and Sackler Galleries. Washington, D.C. no. 6.35, p. 122.
  • p. 261, fig. 12.2.
Collection Area(s)
Korean Art
Web Resources
Korean Ceramics
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

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