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Ewer

Label Text

This Chinese porcelain ewer was excavated from a Goryeo dynasty tomb in Korea. It was acquired by Horace Allen, who first traveled to Korea in 1884 as a Presbyterian medical missionary. Allen, who was later named ambassador, went on to assemble a remarkable collection of ceramics, many taken from the tombs of Korean nobility. Freer purchased his entire set of eighty pieces when it was offered for sale in 1907. He went over the collection with the scholar Ernest Fenollosa, who immediately wondered, "Can some of them be Chinese?" More recent scholarship has confirmed Fenollosa's hunch: this ewer, and some of the other pieces acquired from Allen, are now understood to be Chinese and to date to the Song dynasty. They document the extensive use of imported Chinese ceramics by the Goryeo nobility.

Object Name

Ewer

Ware

Qingbai ware

Dated

late 11th-early 12th century

Period

Northern Song dynasty

Medium

Porcelain with transparent pale blue (qingbai) glaze

Dimensions

HxW: 22.0 x 12.1 cm

Country

China

Credit Line

Gift of Charles Lang Freer

Iteration

2

Shelf Number

63

Wall

East

Title

Ewer

Object Number

F1907.285

Freer Source

Dr. Horace N. Allen

Freer Source City

Toledo

Freer Source State

OH

Freer Source Country

United States

Image

http://141.217.97.109/plugins/Dropbox/files/peacock-jpg/JPEG/F1907.285.jpg

Collection

Citation

"Ewer," in The Peacock Room, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Accession No. F1907.285, Item #3155, http://peacockroom.wayne.edu/items/show/3155 (accessed November 24, 2017).