Cooking pot with two handles

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    ca. 4th century
  • Geography

    Gyeongsang-do or Jeolla-do province, Korea
  • Material

    Unglazed earthenware
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 25.7 x 36.5 x 36.5 cm (10 1/8 x 14 3/8 x 14 3/8 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Vat with two projecting rod-like handles.
    Swollen cylindrical shape with wide mouth and flat base. Short everted rim rising directly from shoulder, ending in flattened vertical edge with slightly concave surface. Exterior surface densely covered with pattern of coarse rectangular lattice produced by pattern carved on paddle used in manufacturing process. Lattice aligned approximately vertically and horizontally on upper two-thirds of body, diagonally on lower one-third (no paddle marks on base). Single horizontal line incised around body at meeting point of the two pattern arrangements; handles attached opposite one another just above the incised line. Exterior surface gently faceted as result of paddling process. Interior plain.
    Clay: soft light red earthenware. Adhesions of earth in textured surface.
    Glaze: none.
  • Provenance

    From about 1935-1940
    Private collection, Japan, from about 1935-1940 [1]
    To 1986
    Mrs. Keum Ja Kang, Frankfurt, Germany, purchased from a private collector in Japan [2]
    From 1986
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Mrs. Keum Ja Kang, Frankfurt, on May 12, 1986 [3]
    [1] See Invoice issued by Mrs. Keum Ja Kang to the Freer Gallery of Art on May 12, 1986, copy in object file. In the invoice, Mrs. Keum-Ja Kang indicates that she purchased this jar, along with two other Korean ancient jars, "in Japan from a private collector who claimed the fact that his parents had bought the three Korean pots [F1986.24, F1986.25, and one jar that was not ultimately purchased by the Freer and returned to the vendor] in Japan during the period of 1935-1940." The invoice does not indicate the date of acquisition of the vessel by Mrs. Kang.
    [2] See Invoice cited in note 1.
    [3] See Invoice cited in note 1.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Mrs. Keum-Ja Kang
  • Origin

    Gyeongsang-do or Jeolla-do province, Korea
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
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