Cylindrical tea bowl with inlaid design of cranes and clouds

Historical period(s)
Joseon period, early 18th century
Stoneware with black and white inlays under transparent glaze
Busan ware
H x W x D: 9.4 x 8.6 x 8.6 cm (3 11/16 x 3 3/8 x 3 3/8 in)
Korea, Gyeongsangnam-do province, Busan city, Wakan (Waegwan) kiln
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel

Tea bowl

black and white inlay, Busan ware, clear glaze, crane, Joseon period (1392 - 1910), Korea, stoneware, tea, white slip, wood-ash glaze

To 1898Yamanaka & Company, New York to 1898 [1]From 1898 to 1919Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1898 [2]From 1920Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]Notes:[1] Undated folder sheet note. See Original Pottery List, L. 550, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. [2] See note 1.[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Yamanaka and Co. (C.L. Freer source)
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919


Made in Korea for the Japanese market, this bowl bears an auspicious design of cranes and clouds (a wish for long life) executed with black and white liquid clays inlaid in the incised motifs. Irregular flow of oxygen in the kiln during firing produced the subtle variations in the clay color, much appreciated by tea connoisseurs.

Collection Area(s)
Korean Art
Web Resources
Korean Ceramics
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Rights Statement

Copyright with museum