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Vessel Stand

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

  • Period

    late 4th-early 5th century
  • Geography

    Gyeongsangnam-do province, Korea
  • Material

    Unglazed stoneware
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 20 x 17.8 x 17.8 cm (7 7/8 x 7 x 7 in)
  • Accession Number



Object Details

  • Description

    The stand consists of a bowl with squared, deep center and everted rim resting on a narrow column, which in turn rests on a broad base. The drama of this object, belying its size, comes from the potter's articulation of the thrown clay forms, creating an undulating profile; the contrast between the narrow column and the expanding base and bowl of equal wide diameter; the punched and punctuated decoration of the column; and the deep soft gray color of the clay surface. The base extends in a gradual slope in three tiers. The column contracts slightly at midpoint. It is divided into three sections by horizontal paired bands of "dotted" lines (possibly impressed by a rouletting tool). Each section is pierced by four half-circle openings evenly spaced around the column. Like the capital on a classical column, a wider, squared form with short rows of punched dots staggered above and below two thrown ridges, separates the column from the bowl above it. Physically this element is actually the bottom of the bowl above. Mirroring the stepped expansion of the base, the bowl's everted rim bears concentric grooves imprinted by the potter's fingers.
  • Provenance

    From circa 1963-1965 to 1996
    Mr. Yoshida, Antique Yoshida, Kyoto, acquired in Kyoto or Osaka between 1963 and 1965 [1]
    From 1996 to 1998
    Mrs. Keum Ja Kang, the Kang Collection, New York, purchased from Mr. Yoshida, on October 1, 1996 [2]
    From 1998
    Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from the Kang Collection, October 22, 1998 [3]
    [1] See Invoice issued by Mr. Yoshida, Antique Yoshida, to the Kang Collection, dated October 1, 1996, copy in object file.
    In the invoice, Mr. Yoshida stated that he had acquired this object, along with four other items that he sold to the Kang Collection, between 1963 and 1965 in Kyoto and Osaka.
    See also provenance record for F1998.304a-b, which was purchased together with this vessel.
    [2] See Mr. Yoshida's Invoice, dated October 1, 1996, cited in note 1.
    [3] See Kang Collection's Invoice, dated October 22, 1998, copy in object file.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Mr. Yoshida
    Mrs. Keum-Ja Kang
  • Origin

    Gyeongsangnam-do province, Korea
  • Credit Line

    Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
  • Type

    Furniture and Furnishing
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