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Tea bowl

Label Text

In the late 1890s, Freer acquired a number of simple, earth-toned tea bowls from the New York branch of Yamanaka and Company, where the collector was a regular customer. He believed this bowl, with its gray yellow-brown glaze and fine dark crackle, was from Japan. Scholars have since debated its origins, wondering if it were perhaps from Korea, not Japan as Freer thought. The most recent thinking is that this bowl is indeed Korean, dating from the Joseon period in the seventeenth century.

Object Name

Tea bowl

Ware

Busan ware

Dated

17th century

Period

Joseon period

Medium

Stoneware with ash glaze

Dimensions

HxW: 8.6 x 14.7 cm

Locale

Waegwan (Wakan) kiln

City

Busan

Country

Korea

Credit Line

Gift of Charles Lang Freer

Iteration

2

Shelf Number

29

Wall

North

Title

Tea bowl

Object Number

F1898.461

Freer Source

Yamanaka and Co.

Freer Source City

New York

Freer Source State

New York

Freer Source Country

United States

Image

http://141.217.97.109/plugins/Dropbox/files/peacock-jpg/JPEG/F1898.461.jpg

Collection

Citation

"Tea bowl," in The Peacock Room, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Accession No. F1898.461, Item #3109, http://peacockroom.wayne.edu/items/show/3109 (accessed September 26, 2017).