Cinerary bowl


Historical period(s)
Unified Silla period, early 8th century
Unglazed stoneware
H x W: 20.2 x 22.2 cm (7 15/16 x 8 3/4 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Buddhism, funerary, Korea, stoneware, unglazed, Unified Silla period (676 - 935)

To 1916
Yamanaka & Company, New York to 1916 [1]

From 1916 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company, New York in 1916 [2]

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


[1] Undated folder sheet note. See Original Pottery List, L. 2480, 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)

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


The establishment of burial of Buddhism in Korea brought about a shift in funerary customs from coffin burial to cremation. Stoneware cinerary urns with stamp-impressed decoration applied prior to full hardening of the clay were made during the Unified Silla dynasty (668-935 CE). The pagoda-like finial on the lid of this jar reflects the influence of Buddhist art.

Published References
  • Oriental Ceramics (Toyo Toji Taikan): The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. pl. 213.
  • Warren E. Cox. The Book of Pottery and Porcelain. 2 vols., New York. p. 215, fig. 403.
  • Duksoo Palace Museum of Fine Art. Masterpieces of Korean Art: A Exhibition under the auspices of the Government of the Republic of Korea. Exh. cat. Washington. cat. 55.
  • Wonyong Kim. Studies on Silla Pottery. Kungnip Pangmulgwan chongso Kap; che-4 Seoul. pl. 34, fig. 1.
  • Korean Art in the Freer and Sackler Galleries. Washington, D.C. no. 8.7, p. 146.
Collection Area(s)
Korean Art
Web Resources
Korean Ceramics
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum