Small jar, adapted to use as a tea caddy

Historical period(s)
Joseon period, first half of 17th century
Medium
Stoneware (unvitrified porcelain) with iron pigment under transparent glaze; gold lacquer repairs; ivory lid
Dimensions
H x W: 6.9 x 8.8 cm (2 11/16 x 3 7/16 in)
Geography
Korea, eastern Gyeongsangnam-do province
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1901.102a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Jar

Keywords
clear glaze, Joseon period (1392 - 1910), Korea, lacquer repair, stoneware, tea, unvitrified porcelain
Provenance

To 1901Rufus E. Moore, New York, NY, to 1901 [1]From 1901 to 1919Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Rufus E. Moore in 1901 [2]From 1920Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]Notes:[1] See Original Pottery List, 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)

Rufus E. Moore (C.L. Freer source) 1840 - 1918
Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Label

This small jar with rounded body and wide mouth is a utilitarian shape commonly made at regional kilns in Korea. Such vessels became popular in Japan as tea-ceremony utensils, either as tea bowls or, in small sizes like this jar, as containers for powdered tea. (The ivory lid was made in Japan).

Published References

Oriental Ceramics (Toyo Toji Taikan): The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. pl. 258.Korean Art in the Freer and Sackler Galleries. Washington, D.C. no. 4.16, p. 52.

Collection Area(s)
Korean Art
Web Resources
Korean Ceramics
Google Cultural Institute
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