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At A Glance

  • Period

    early 5th century
  • Geography

    Jeollanam-do province, Korea
  • Material

    Unglazed stoneware with traces of natural ash glaze
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 30.5 x 31.5 x 31.5 cm (12 x 12 3/8 x 12 3/8 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Jar with rounded bottom, wide mouth and everted rim. Body with rounded shoulders and lower body tapering gently to rounded, slightly concave base, shaped with paddle-and-anvil technique with parallel grooves. Tiers of regular vertical striations (paddle marks) on shoulder; irregularly placed, generally diagonal paddle marks on lower body and base. Neck with everted rim added to prepared body and shaped on fast wheel, with double lip and raised ridge just above juncture of shoulder and neck. Adhesions of black gravel (possibly used in kiln stacking) on base.
    Clay: fine-grained hard pottery (fired around 1000 degrees C.), light gray on outer surface, darker gray on interior and base. Adhesions of orange earth.
    Glaze: vestiges of naturally accumulated wood-ash glaze on interior and on surfaces of rim and body that faced flame during firing, except for center front of body, which seems to have been protected by another pot.
    Decoration: simplified "mat pattern" on the shoulder; raised ridge on neck just above juncture of shoulder.
  • Provenance

    To 1985
    Mrs. Keum Ja Kang, Frankfurt, Germany, to 1985 [1]
    From 1985
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Mrs. Keum Ja Kang, April 10, 1985 [2]
    [1] A receipt issued on January 18, 1985, copy in object file, acknowledges the delivery of two Korean vessels (F1985.17 and a Chosun jar, which was not purchased by the Freer and returned to the vendor), from Kang Gallery to the Freer for the purchase consideration.
    [2] See Invoice issued by Mrs. Keum Ja Kang to the Freer Gallery of Art on April 10, 1985, copy in object file.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    Storage Jars of Asia (October 29, 2000 to March 10, 2002)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Mrs. Keum-Ja Kang
  • Origin

    Jeollanam-do province, Korea
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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