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Bowl with inlaid inscription

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At A Glance

  • Period

  • Geography

    Gyeongsangbuk-do province, Korea
  • Material

    Stoneware with white inlay under transparent glaze; gold lacquer repairs
  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 8.5 × 19 cm (3 3/8 × 7 1/2 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Tableware bowl, used in Japan as tea bowl. Flaring sides, slightly warped, roughtly trimmed low foot with double gash in clay on base. Spur-marks on foot rim, gold lacquer repairs.
    Clay: gray, porcelanous, hardness 9.
    Glaze: clear, feldspathic, unglazed on areas of foot and a few bare patches on lip, abraded dirty patch in center bottom.
    Decoration: inlaid white slip under the glaze. Center bottom: conventionalized flower. Sides: inside and out, repeated small circles with borders top and bottom. Outside there is an additional border of spiky-petaled flower-heads. Five characters are in spaced circles reserved near top border.
  • Inscriptions

    The inscription reads "Kunwi insubu [chn]," as transcribed by Mr.Yang, Korean section, Library of Congress. Kunwi is the name of a town in North Kyongsang province.
  • Provenance

    To 1898
    Yamanaka & Company, to 1898 [1]
    From 1898 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1898 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    [1] See Original Pottery List, L. 570, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] 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.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Cranes and Clouds: The Korean Art of Ceramic Inlay (November 5, 2011 to January 3, 2016)
    Korean Art (December 17, 1984 to June 23, 1986)
    Korean Art (March 20, 1982 to 2 April 1984)
    Korean Art (June 4, 1982 to September 23, 1982)
    Korean Art (July 15, 1981 to September 15, 1981)
    Korean Ceramics (April 11, 1978 to October 13, 1978)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Yamanaka and Co. 山中商会 (1917-1965) (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

    Gyeongsangbuk-do province, Korea
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

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