Punwon ware bottle

Historical period(s)
Joseon period, 19th century
Porcelain with cobalt pigment under transparent, colorless glaze
Bunwon ware
H x W x D: 25.4 x 15.9 x 15.9 cm (10 x 6 1/4 x 6 1/4 in)
Korea, Gyeonggi-do province, Gwangju city, Bunwon-ri village, Bunwon kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Graenum and Emma Berger and Elizabeth Lee Berger in memory of Ambassador Samuel D. Berger
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Bunwon ware, clear glaze, cobalt pigment, Joseon period (1392 - 1910), Korea, peony, porcelain, WWII-era provenance
Provenance research underway.

Cobalt decoration was painted on many of the porcelain vessels used in the Joseon court and the homes of officials, especially from the seventeenth century onward. A peony blossom, symbolizing nobility, and two leaf sprays decorate the spherical body of this long-necked wine bottle.

Published References

Korean Art in the Freer and Sackler Galleries. Washington, D.C. no. 10.21, p. 182.

Collection Area(s)
Korean Art
Web Resources
Korean Ceramics
Google Cultural Institute
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