Historical period(s)
Silla kingdom, Three Kingdoms period, first half 6th century
Unglazed stoneware with traces of natural ash glaze
H x W x D: 27.5 x 23.5 x 23.5 cm (10 13/16 x 9 1/4 x 9 1/4 in)
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Vessel


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

Possibly in possession of a Japanese owner [1]From at least 1974 to 1975 Gilpin House, Alexandria, VA, from at least 1974 [2] From 1975Freer Gallery of Art, purchased from Gilpin House, June 30, 1975 [3] Notes:[1] According to a handwritten note that appears to have been provided by the owner, copy in object file: "Stone-ware; very old ancient people as talk Yamato Minzukut (tribe), made and used daily for corn, water, food, etc., buried under ground. Japanese name Yayoizhiki-Doki may be 4,000 or 2,000 years old. Shell-mound. Old Tomb of Noblemen in Tokyo, Nara and many. This apparatus was not Korea's, so old time civilization advanced from our country. My grandfather very fond of curios, but many times fire burned many old curios."[2] See a receipt issued by the Freer Gallery on October 17, 1974, acknowledging the delivery of the object from Gilpin House Antiques to the Freer for the consideration for purchase, copy in object file.[3] See Invoice issued by Gilpin House to the Freer Gallery on June 30, 1975, copy in object file.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Gilpin House

Published References

Julia Murray. A Decade of Discovery: Selected Acquisitions 1970-1980. Exh. cat. Washington, 1979. cat. 64, p. 86.

Collection Area(s)
Korean Art
Web Resources
Korean Ceramics
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