From early 1960s to 1985Rear Adm. George Washington Pressey (died 1966) and Elizabeth Lee Berger (1913-2002), Washington, DC From 1985Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Elizabeth Lee Berger, January 3, 1985 Notes: According to information in the object's record, the vessel was acquired in Korea by Mrs. Berger and her first husband, Rear Adm. George Washington Pressey (died 1966), when they were posted there in the early 1960s.  See Invoice, issued by Mrs. Elizabeth L. Berger (Mrs. Samuel D. Berger), signed and dated 3 January 1985, copy in object file.
- Previous Owner(s)
Mrs. Elizabeth Lee Berger 1913 - 2002
Many jars made of gray unglazed stoneware, of which this is an exceptionally large example, have been excavated from tombs in the vicinity of Kyongju, capital of the Silla kingdom. The jars held food offerings for the deceased. Incised and impressed decoration on this jar closely resembles chased decor on gold crowns found in some tombs.
- Published References
Art of Asia Acquired by North American Museums, 1985. no. 39 New York and Honolulu, HI. p. 87.Korean Art in the Freer and Sackler Galleries. Washington, D.C. no. 10.3, p. 158.
- Collection Area(s)
- Korean Art
- Rights Statement
Copyright with museum