Tea bowl or serving bowl

Historical period(s)
Joseon period, second half of 17th century
Stoneware with white inlay under transparent glaze
Busan ware
H x W: 7.6 x 16.4 cm (3 x 6 7/16 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 (chawan) or serving bowl (hachi)

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

To 1907Unidentifiedn owner, Japan, to 1907 [1]From 1907 to 1919Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased in Japan from an unidentified owner in 1907 [2]From 1920Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]Notes:[1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1567, 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)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919


Even after Korean potters had established workshops in Japan, Japanese tea masters continued to place orders for tea bowls to be made at Korean government-sponsored kilns near Pusan. Such bowls were fabricated according to sketches or wooden models (gohon). So-called Gohon bowls echoed the styles of various 16th-century Korean bowl types, including mishima, that had become established as tea-ceremony classics, but they conformed to the revived preference for thin, well-finished wares.

Published References

Nezu Museum. Kanzo chawan hyakkasen. Exh. cat. Tokyo, October 10 - November 24, 1985. cat. 88.Chado Shiryokan. Kaiseki Utensils. Kyoto. cat. 106.Louise Allison Cort. Korean Influences in Japanese Ceramics. vol. 15, no. 5 Hong Kong, May 1984. p. 21.Mizuoka Tadanari, Narasaki Shoichi, Hayashiya Seizo. Nihon yakimono shusei. 12 vols., Tokyo, 1980-1982. cats. 405-423, pp. 133-134.Tsuji Kaiichi. Urasenke Kaiseki. Kyoto. p. 160.

Collection Area(s)
Korean Art
Web Resources
Korean Ceramics
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