Historical period(s)
Joseon period, second half of 15th century
Stoneware with white inlay under clear glaze; gold lacquer repairs
Buncheong ware
H x W: 13.3 x 7.9 cm (5 1/4 x 3 1/8 in)
Korea, Gyeongsang-do or Jeolla-do province
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Buncheong ware, clear glaze, Joseon period (1392 - 1910), Korea, lacquer repair, stoneware, white inlay

Matsuoka Collection, Kanazawa, Japan [1]To 1904Yamanaka & Company, New York, NY, to 1904 [2]From 1904 to 1919Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company, New York, NY, in 1904 [3]From 1920Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [4]Notes:[1] See Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.[2] Undated folder sheet note. Also see Original Pottery List, L. 1334, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.[3] See note 2.[4] 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) and Custodian(s)

Yamanaka and Co. (C.L. Freer source)
Matsuoka collection, Kanazawa
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919


A stamp roughly carved with a row of small triangles was impressed repeatedly on the wall of this bottle to produce a pattern. Long use for serving rice wine has given the bottle an oily luster and variegated staining. Charles Freer acquired this bottle in Japan. A Japanese owner had replaced the damaged foot and lip with gold lacquer mends that add elegance to the modest vessel.

Published References

Louise Allison Cort. Korean Influences in Japanese Ceramics. vol. 15, no. 5 Hong Kong, May 1984. p. 21.Korean Art in the Freer and Sackler Galleries. Washington, D.C. no. 4.4, p. 34.Stephen Weintraub, Kanya Tsujimoto, Sadae Y. Walters. Urushi and Conservation: The Use of Japanese Lacquer in the Restoration of Japanese Art. vol. 11 Washington and Ann Arbor. pp. 54-56, figs. 20-21.

Collection Area(s)
Korean Art
Web Resources
Korean Ceramics
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