Ritual water sprinkler

Historical period(s)
Goryeo period, first half of 13th century
Medium
Stoneware with white inlay under celadon glaze
Dimensions
H x W x D: 35.8 x 14.4 x 13 cm (14 1/8 x 5 11/16 x 5 1/8 in)
Geography
Korea, Jeolla-do province, Gangjin or Buan county, Gangjin or Buan kilns
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
F1909.45
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Ritual water sprinkler (kundika or jeongbyeong)

Keywords
Buddhism, Goryeo period (918 - 1392), green glaze, Korea, kundika, peony, stoneware, water, white inlay
Provenance

To 1909Yamanaka & Company, 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. 1934, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. The majority of Charles Lang Freer’s purchases from Yamanaka & Company were made at its New York branch. Yamanaka & Company maintained branch offices, at various times, in Boston, Chicago, London, Peking, Shanghai, Osaka, Nara, and Kyoto. During the summer, the company also maintained seasonal locations in Newport, Bar Harbor, and Atlantic City.[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

Originating in India and first made from metal, this vessel shape was used in Buddhist rituals for sprinkling sacred water through the narrow spout on the top.  The sprinkler was filled through the covered opening on its shoulder.  The inlaid decoration of peony medallions resembles a pattern found on silk brocades.

Published References

Oriental Ceramics (Toyo Toji Taikan): The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. pl. 76.Sekai toji zenshu (Catalogue of the World's Ceramics). 16 vols, Tokyo, 1955-1958. pl. 82.Lorraine d'Oremieux Warner. Eastern Art: An Annual. vols. 2 - 3, Philadelphia, 1930 - 1931. pl. 49, fig. 84.Evelyn B. McCune. Korean Pottery of the Koryo Period (935-1392). vol. 2, no. 32 Washington, April 12, 1945. p. 2.Jon E. H. C. Covell Alan Carter Covell. The World of Korean Ceramics. Honolulu and Seoul. p. 64.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. cat. 129, p. 104.Korean Art in the Freer and Sackler Galleries. Washington, D.C. no. 6.32, p. 119.Paths to Perfection, Buddhist Art at the Freer/Sackler. Washington, D.C. pp. 134-135.Roger V. Des Forges John S. Major. The Asian World 600-1500. Medieval and Early Modern World New York. p. 144.Arts of Korea: Histories, Challenges, and Perspectives. Gainesville, FL. p. 260, fig. 12.1.

Collection Area(s)
Korean Art
Web Resources
Korean Ceramics
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