Bowl with inlaid inscription

Historical period(s)
Joseon period, 1420-1450
Stoneware with white inlay under transparent glaze; gold lacquer repairs
Buncheong ware
H x W: 8.5 x 19 cm (3 3/8 x 7 1/2 in)
Korea, Gyeongsangbuk-do province
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Buncheong ware, clear glaze, Joseon period (1392 - 1910), Korea, lacquer repair, stoneware, tea, white inlay

To 1898Yamanaka & Company, 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] See Original Pottery List, L. 570, 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) and Custodian(s)

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


This bowl made for table use is an example of the common Joseon-period ware called buncheong, which is characterized by decoration executed with white slip (liquid clay) inlaid into densely stamped or incised motifs, then coated with a clear glaze. Around the outside of this bowl are stamped the characters for the name of a government office, Gunwi insubu, located in Gyeongsangbuk-do province. The office called insubu was in charge of warehouses used to store pottery acquired for official use. This bowl was probably made to order at a pottery workshop within Gyeongsangbuk-do province.

Published References

Oriental Ceramics (Toyo Toji Taikan): The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. pl. 252."Selon les ecritures." Kim En Joong. France. p. 161.

Collection Area(s)
Korean Art
Web Resources
Korean Ceramics
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