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Ewer

Label Text

Freer purchased this ewer from the collection of Horace Allen, a Presbyterian medical missionary who traveled to Korea in 1884. Allen 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. The technique of preparing celadon glazes, which derive their color from traces of iron fired in a high-temperature reducing atmosphere, was first developed by Chinese potters and began to be used in Korea during the 10th century. Especially noteworthy here are the naturalistic sculptural elements, such as the elaborate finial surmounted by a phoenix atop the peony-blossom lid; the vessel and its ornamentation are based on metal prototypes.

Object Name

Ewer

Dated

late 11th-early 12th century

Period

Goryeo period

Medium

Stoneware with celadon glaze

Dimensions

HxW: 27.1 x 15.3 cm

Locale

Gangjin or Buan kilns

Country

Korea

Credit Line

Gift of Charles Lang Freer

Iteration

2

Shelf Number

178

Wall

West

Title

Ewer

Object Number

F1907.286a-b

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/F1907.286a-b.jpg

Collection

Citation

"Ewer," in The Peacock Room, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Accession No. F1907.286a-b, Item #3339, http://peacockroom.wayne.edu/items/show/3339 (accessed September 26, 2017).