Historical period(s)
Goryeo period, 12th century
Porcelain with translucent, ivory-toned glaze
Goryeo white ware
H x W: 5.1 x 8.6 cm (2 x 3 3/8 in)
Korea, Jeolla-do province, Gangjin or Buan county, Gangjin or Buan kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Freer Gallery 14: Rediscovering Korea's Past
Ceramic, Container


clear glaze, flower, Goryeo period (918 - 1392), Korea, Koryo (Goryeo) white ware, porcelain

To 1890Unknown owners, Seoul, to 1890 [1]From 1890 to 1907Dr. Horace N. Allen (1858-1932), Toledo, Ohio, purchased in Seoul from unknown in 1890 [2]From 1907 to 1919Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Dr. Horace N. Allen 1907 [3]From 1920Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [4]Notes:[1] See Curatorial Remark 16, Louise Cort, January 4, 2012, in the object record, which states: "In Horace Allen's 1901 catalogue of his collection, he mentions that he acquired this box in Seoul in 1890" (see Horace Allen, Copy of a Certified Catalogue of a Collection of Ancient Korean Pottery [Seoul: 1901], pg. 11).[2] Undated folder sheet note. See Original Pottery List, L. 1619, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. See also, Pamphlets S.I. 738 and S.I. 739, for Allen Correspondence, as well as Pamphlet S.I. 740, Original Allen Catalogue, No. 17, pg. 12. See also, note 1.[3] See note 2.[4] 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)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919
Dr. Horace N. Allen (C.L. Freer source) 1858 - 1932

Published References

Byung-chang Rhee. Masterpieces of Korean Art. 3 vols., Tokyo. cat. 357.Kwangju National Museum. Kungnip Kwangju Pangmulgwan (Kwangju National Museum). Kwangju, Korea. cat. 72.Oriental Ceramics (Toyo Toji Taikan): The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. pl. 158.Edward B. Adams. Korea's Pottery Heritage. 2 vols., Seoul, 1986-1990. cat. 117..Korean Art in the Freer and Sackler Galleries. Washington, D.C. no. 6.15, p. 93.Kawahara Masahiko Nakazato Tarouemon XII. Toji taikei (Complete Collection of Far Eastern Ceramics). 48 vols., Tokyo, 1972-1978. p. 94, fig. 14.Sekai toji zenshu (Catalogue of the World's Ceramics). 19 vols., Tokyo, 1976-1982. p. 143, figs. 39-40.

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

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