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Tea bowl
second half 16th century

Unidentified, Korean
Joseon period

Porcelain with transparent, pale blue glaze
H: 8.0 W: 16.0 cm
Jinju, Korea

Gift of Charles Lang Freer F1902.68

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This bowl was probably made to order at a kiln in southeastern Korea to be exported to Japan for use as a tea bowl. It represents the earliest phase of such ordering as identified by archaeological research. Its shape is that of a tea bowl used in Japan, not of a Korean tableware bowl converted to use as a tea bowl.