Historical period(s)
Goryeo period, 12th century
Medium
Stoneware with black and white slips under celadon glaze
Dimensions
H x W: 34.4 x 20.3 cm (13 9/16 x 8 in)
Geography
Korea, Jeollanam-do province, Haenam county, Haenam kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1909.31
On View Location
Freer Gallery 09: The Power to See Beauty
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Bottle (maebyeong)

Keywords
black slip, ginseng, Goryeo period (918 - 1392), green glaze, Korea, Koryo (Goryeo) black ware, stoneware, white slip, wine
Provenance

To 1909Yamanaka & Company, New York to 1909 [1]From 1909 to 1919Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company in 1909 [2]From 1920Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]Notes:[1] Undated folder sheet note. Also see Original Pottery List, L. 1920, 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

Label

Ginseng root, long a famous product of Korea, was consumed for its supposed ability to enhance vitality and longevity. The ginseng-leaf motif on this bottle was believed to transfer its powers to the wine within. The potter scratched the design out of the layer of black slip (liquid clay) and filled it with white slip before coating the bottle with green glaze.

Published References

Oriental Ceramics (Toyo Toji Taikan): The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. pl. 80.Robert L. Hobson, Edward S. Morse, Rose Sickler Williams. Chinese, Corean, and Japanese Potteries: Descriptive Catalogue of the Loan Exhibition. Exh. cat. New York, March 2-21, 1914. no. 126.Edward B. Adams. Korea's Pottery Heritage. 2 vols., Seoul, 1986-1990. cat. 120.Ann Yonemura. Korean Art in Western Collections, 5: Korean Art in the Freer Gallery of Art. vol. 4, no. 2 Los Angeles, June 1983. pp. 4-15, pl. 8.Korean Art in the Freer and Sackler Galleries. Washington, D.C. no. 6.20, p. 98.Thomas Lawton Linda Merrill. Freer: a legacy of art. Washington and New York, 1993. p. 221, fig. 153.Sherman Lee. A History of Far Eastern Art. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, 1964. p. 371, fig. 489.

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

Copyright with museum