Bowl with stamped and incised decoration

Historical period(s)
Joseon period, 15th century or later
Stoneware with white inlay under transparent glaze
Buncheong ware
H x W x D: 8.9 x 18.6 x 18.6 cm (3 1/2 x 7 5/16 x 7 5/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Mrs. Maureen R. Jacoby in memory of Rolf Jacoby
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Buncheong ware, chrysanthemum, clear glaze, Joseon period (1392 - 1910), Korea, lotus, stoneware, white inlay, WWII-era provenance

From 1947-1950 to 1991Mr. Rolf R. Jacoby (died 1989) and Mrs. Maureen R. Jacoby (died 2002), Centreville, MD and Washington, DC, acquired by Rolf R. Jacoby in Korea between 1947-1950 [1] From 1991Freer Gallery of Art, given by Mrs. Maureen R. Jacoby in 1991 [2]Notes:[1] "This object, along with the others given with it, was acquired by Rolf Jacoby, the donor's late husband, in Korea between 1947 and 1950, while he served as a diplomat" (according to a note by Kate Theimer, November 28, 1995, in the object record).[2] See note 1.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Mr. Rolf R. Jacoby and Mrs. Maureen R. Jacoby
Mrs. Maureen R. Jacoby died 2002


A wooden stamp carved with a row of circles was pressed repeatedly over the surface of this bowl to create the dense ground pattern typical of inlaid punch'ong ware bowls. Many bowls of this sort, exported to Japan, became popular as tea bowls.

Published References

Louise Allison Cort, Bert Winther-Tamaki, Bruce Altshuler, Niimi Ryu. Isamu Noguchi and Modern Japanese Ceramics: A Close Embrace of the Earth. Washington and Berkeley. p. 112, fig. 3.10.

Collection Area(s)
Korean Art
Web Resources
Korean Ceramics
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