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Pear-shaped bottle - National Museum of Asian Art

Pear-shaped bottle

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At A Glance

On View
  • Period

    late 13th-early 14th century
  • Geography

    Gangjin or Buan kilns, Jeolla-do province, Korea
  • Material

    Stoneware with black and white inlays under celadon glaze
  • Dimension

    H x Diam: 35.6 × 19.8 cm (14 × 7 13/16 in)
  • Accession Number

    F1907.76
  • EDAN ID

    edanmdm:fsg_F1907.76

Object Details

  • Description

    Vase, large pear-shaped; trumpet-lip (repaired), broad flat foot.
    Clay: hard, sonant. Inlaid white and black slips, green glaze.
    Glaze: bluish gray-green, with brown discolorations and area of incipient decay; crackled.
    Decoration: inlaid in white and black under glaze.
  • Provenance

    To 1907
    Unidentified owner, Japan, to 1907 [1]
    From 1907 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased in Japan from an unidentified owner in spring 1907 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    Notes:
    [1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1553, 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

    The Peacock Room Comes to America [2022] (September 3, 2022 - ongoing)
    The Peacock Room Comes to America [2017-2019] (October 14, 2017 to January 2, 2019)
    The Peacock Room Comes to America [2011-2016] (April 9, 2011 to January 4, 2016)
    America Meets Asia at the Freer Gallery of Art (May 9, 1993 to June 2, 1998)
    Korean Art (March 20, 1982 to 2 April 1984)
    Korean Art (March 20, 1980 to March 3, 1981)
    Korean Ceramics (April 11, 1978 to October 13, 1978)
    Untitled Exhibition, Korean Ceramics with Korean and Japanese Paintings (February 15, 1955 to April 13, 1955)
    Early Chinese Pottery and Scultpure, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1916 (March 6 to October 15, 1916)
    Untitled Exhibition, The Japan Society, February 1914 (February 1914)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

    Gangjin or Buan kilns, Jeolla-do province, Korea
  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

    Vessel
  • On View

    Freer Gallery 12: The Peacock Room Comes to America
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