Historical period(s)
Silla kingdom or Gaya federation, Three Kingdoms period, 5th century
Unglazed earthenware
Gimhae-type ware
H x W x D: 27.6 x 27 x 27 cm (10 7/8 x 10 5/8 x 10 5/8 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


earthenware, Gimhae ware, Korea, Three Kingdoms period (1st century BCE - 7th century CE), unglazed, WWII-era provenance

From about 1935-1940
Private collection, Japan, from about 1935-1940 [1]

To 1986
Mrs. Keum Ja Kang, Frankfurt, Germany, purchased from a private collector in Japan [2]

From 1986
Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Mrs. Keum Ja Kang, Frankfurt, on May 12, 1986 [3]


[1] See Invoice issued by Mrs. Keum Ja Kang to the Freer Gallery of Art on May 12, 1986, copy in object file. In the invoice, Mrs. Keum-Ja Kang indicates that she purchased this jar, along with two other Korean ancient jars, "in Japan from a private collector who claimed the fact that his parents had bought the three Korean pots [F1986.24, F1986.25, and one jar that was not ultimately purchased by the Freer and returned to the vendor] in Japan during the period of 1935-1940." The invoice does not indicate the date of acquisition of the vessel by Mrs. Kang.

[2] See Invoice cited in note 1.

[3] See Invoice cited in note 1.

Previous Owner(s)

Mrs. Keum-Ja Kang


After the potter formed this jar from clay coils, he consolidated them by striking a wooden paddle against the wall, supported inside by a wooden anvil. The paddle-and-anvil technique formed a sturdy vessel light in weight for its size. The paddle's carved grooves created the jar's distinctive texture.

Collection Area(s)
Korean Art
Web Resources
Korean Ceramics
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