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At A Glance

  • Period

    5th century
  • Geography

  • Material

    Unglazed earthenware
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 27.6 x 27 x 27 cm (10 7/8 x 10 5/8 x 10 5/8 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    Jar. Ovoid body broadening toward the high shoulder and tapering toward foot. Flattened base. Short conical neck with everted rim ending in flattened near-vertical edge. Coil seam visible inside neck. Pronounced hortizontal rings on inside wall. Outside wall gently faceted and completely covered (except for neck, which has been smoothed horizontally), including underside of rim and base, with closely spaced parallel grooves produced by texture of wooden paddle used in manufacturing process. Grooves run regularly in diagonal direction from right to left on most of body; around foot grooves are applied irregularly in opposite diagonal and other directions.
    Clay: hard reddish pottery with white inclusions, well fired.
    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
  • Exhibition History

    Korean Ceramics (February 4, 1997 to August 7, 2011)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Mrs. Keum-Ja Kang
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

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