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At A Glance

  • Period

    mid to late 5th century
  • Geography

  • Material

    Stoneware with natural ash glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W: 29.3 x 24.8 cm (11 9/16 x 9 3/4 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Storage jar, rounded-bottomed ovoid body supported on flaring foot with one row of nine evenly spaced, vertically rectangular openings which are precisely cut with sharp edges; neck, wide, tapering outward, about one-half the diameter of mouth in height; edge of lip is sharply beveled to inside; wheel-thrown, thin-walled, slightly irregular, throwing ridges visible inside neck; essentially undamaged except for hair-line crack extending from lip approximately half-way down neck and a slight chip in edge of lip.
    Clay: dark gray, fine-grained high-fired stoneware; resonant; surface relatively smooth and free of inclusions.
    Glaze: natural ash glaze, thin, partial and patchy on three sides of neck, shoulder and foot. On one side only it appears on lip edge and inside upper neck.
    Decoration: narrow rings in relief divided neck into three horizontal registers, double between top and middle registers, single between middle and lower and at junction of neck and body. Another ring surrounds body at base of shoulder. Triple-line comb-incised wavy bands around two lower registers of neck.
  • Provenance

    From at least 1970 to 1972
    Lt. General William F. Cassidy (1908-2002), Indialantic, FL, from at least December 1, 1970 [1]
    From 1972
    Freer Gallery of Art, given by Lt. General William F. Cassidy on December 1, 1972 [2]
    [1] See a receipt dated December 1, 1970, acknowledging the delivery of the object owned by Lt. General Cassidy to the Freer Gallery for study and consideration for purchase, copy in object file.
    The receipt indicates that it was sent from Mrs. A. D. Wilder at 1422 N. Ivanhoe, Arlington, VA. Lt. General William F. Cassidy was stationed in Japan at the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950, and served as a senior logistics advisor to the Republic of Korea Army between 1958 and 1959. A typewritten label which was attached to the piece reads, "Found: Bunwhang-sa Temple, vicinity of Koungju [sic]." Properly, this refers to Bunhwangsa (Temple), vicinity of Gyongju.
    [2] See Invoice issued by William Cassidy on December 1, 1972, copy in object file.
    The object was purchased from Cassidy for a nominal fee, and thus is considered a gift.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    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)
    A Decade of Discovery: Selected Acquisitions 1970-1980 (November 9, 1979 to May 22, 1980)
    Korean Ceramics (April 11, 1978 to October 13, 1978)
    Korean Art (June 24, 1977 to April 8, 1978)
    Korean Art (June 19, 1969 to November 10, 1976)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Lt. General William F. Cassidy
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment and partial gift of Lt. General William Cassidy
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