Wine ewer in the form of a melon

Historical period(s)
Goryeo period, second half of 12th-early 13th century
Medium
Stoneware with black inlay under celadon glaze
Dimensions
H x W x D: 16 x 22.5 x 14.6 cm (6 5/16 x 8 7/8 x 5 3/4 in)
Geography
Korea, Jeollanam-do province, Gangjin county, Gangjin kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1909.34a-b
On View Location
Freer Gallery 09: The Power to See Beauty
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Ewer

Keywords
black inlay, flower, Goryeo period (918 - 1392), green glaze, Korea, stoneware, wine
Provenance

To 1909Yamanaka & Company, New York to 1909 [1]From 1909 to 1919Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Yamanaka & Company, New York 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. 1923, 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

In the unusual decoration of this melon-shaped ewer, the potter used black inlay as a solid background for the blossoms, leaves, and tendrils of a melon vine. This ewer is the only known example of this "reverse inlay" design.

Published References

Byung-chang Rhee. Masterpieces of Korean Art. 3 vols., Tokyo. cat. 285.Oriental Ceramics (Toyo Toji Taikan): The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. pl. 77.G. St. G.M. Gompertz. Korean Celadon. Faber monographs on pottery and porcelain, 1st American ed. New York. pl. 52.Sekai toji zenshu (Catalogue of the World's Ceramics). 16 vols, Tokyo, 1955-1958. pl. 117.Sekai toji zenshu (Catalogue of the World's Ceramics). 19 vols., Tokyo, 1976-1982. pl. 72.Sigisbert Chrétien Bosch Reitz. Catalogue of an Exhibition of Early Chinese Pottery and Sculpture. Exh. cat. New York. fig. 287.Evelyn B. McCune. Korean Pottery of the Koryo Period (935-1392). vol. 2, no. 32 Washington, April 12, 1945. p. 2.Korean Art in the Freer and Sackler Galleries. Washington, D.C. no. 6.29, p. 112.

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

Copyright with museum