Bowl, used in Japan as tea bowl

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    mid 15th century
  • Geography

    Gyeongsang-do province, Korea
  • Material

    Stoneware with white inlay under clear, pale green glaze; makie lacquer repair
  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 7.8 × 17.7 cm (3 1/16 × 7 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Tableware bowl, used in Japan as tea bowl; flaring sides, low roughly-trimmed foot. Two gold lacquer restorations; one is extensive and is elaborately decorated gold hira-makie of floral pattern.
    Clay: gray, porcelanous, hardness 9.
    Glaze: clear, feldspathic, stained in some areas, including scars. On inside there is also possible tea-stain. Only patches of glaze remain on foot-rim and base; bare areas have brown surface.
    Decoration: inlaid white slip under the glaze. Main band, inside and out, between borders is small repeat pattern; inside it is probably circles. Stylized flower head in center bottom. Three rectangular reserves in pattern on outside near top border contain characters. They are so spaced that it may be assumed that there were originally five. This is characteristic of this type of Reihin mishima.
    Spurs: unglazed footrim.
  • Inscriptions

    See curatorial remark #8.
  • Provenance

    To 1904
    Yamanaka & Company, New York, NY, to 1904 [1]
    From 1904 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company, New York, NY,
    in 1904 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    [1] Undated folder sheet note.
    Also see Original Pottery List, L. 1292, 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

    A Journey of Taste: Freer and Japanese Scroll Mounting (April 15, 2023 to March 3, 2024)
    Golden Seams: The Japanese Art of Mending Ceramics (November 8, 2008 to May 10, 2009)
    The Tea Ceremony as Melting Pot (January 31 to July 18, 2004)
    Korean Influences on Japanese Slip-Decorated Ceramics (February 16, 1984 to November 9, 1984)
  • Previous custodian or owner

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

    Gyeongsang-do province, Korea
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

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