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Korean Style in Japanese Ceramics

August 24, 2013–February 9, 2014
Freer Gallery of Art

Korean ceramics arriving in Japan as trade goods in the 15th and 16th centuries captured attention for the quality of their form, glaze, and decoration, far surpassing what Japanese kilns could produce. Korean bowls in particular were coveted for use as tea bowls. Even after Japanese pottery-making skills improved, neither potters nor customers forgot their profound admiration for Korean stoneware ceramic styles. Focusing on tea bowls, this exhibition offers a selection of Japanese vessels inspired by Korean models. Many use the renowned Korean technique of inlay (shown in Cranes and Clouds: The Korean Art of Ceramic Inlay). Works span the 17th through 19th century.

Freshwater jar in the shape of a bucket, Japan, Kyoto, Edo period, 1800–1850, Stoneware with white inlay under celadon glaze; lacquered wooden lid, Freer Gallery of Art, F1899.6