Historical period(s)
Silla kingdom, Three Kingdoms period, mid to late 5th century
Stoneware with natural ash glaze
H x W: 29.3 x 24.8 cm (11 9/16 x 9 3/4 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment and partial gift of Lt. General William Cassidy
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


Korea, stoneware, Three Kingdoms period (1st century BCE - 7th century CE), WWII-era provenance

From at least 1970 to 1972Lt. General William F. Cassidy (1908-2002), Indialantic, FL, from at least December 1, 1970 [1]From 1972Freer Gallery of Art, given by Lt. General William F. Cassidy on December 1, 1972 [2]Notes:[1] See a receipt dated December 1, 1970, acknowledging the delivery of the object owned by Lt. General Cassidy to the Freer Gallery for study and consideration for purchase, copy in object file. The receipt indicates that it was sent from Mrs. A. D. Wilder at 1422 N. Ivanhoe, Arlington, VA.Lt. General William F. Cassidy was stationed in Japan at the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950, and served as a senior logistics advisor to the Republic of Korea Army between 1958 and 1959. A typewritten label which was attached to the piece reads, "Found: Bunwhang-sa Temple, vicinity of Koungju [sic]." Properly, this refers to Bunhwangsa (Temple), vicinity of Gyongju. [2] See Invoice issued by William Cassidy on December 1, 1972, copy in object file. The object was purchased from Cassidy for a nominal fee, and thus is considered a gift.

Previous Owner(s)

Lt. General William F. Cassidy

Published References

Oriental Ceramics (Toyo Toji Taikan): The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. pl. 212.Martin P. Amt Rob Barnard. In Praise of Feet. vol. 18, no. 2 Shelburne Falls, MA, June 1990. p. 17.Julia Murray. A Decade of Discovery: Selected Acquisitions 1970-1980. Exh. cat. Washington, 1979. cat. 78, p. 101.

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

Copyright with museum