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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. This piece is an early example of Korean celadon. 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. Like this plain, rounded ewer, early examples tend to reflect the shapes and decorative techniques of the Chinese Yue ware celadon, which was made in a region not far from Korea and may have been the source of celadon glaze technology in Korea

Object Name

Ewer

Dated

11th century

Period

Goryeo period

Medium

Stoneware with celadon glaze

Dimensions

HxW: 22.3 x 14.5 cm

Locale

Wonsan-ri kilns or Bangsan-dong kilns

Country

Korea

Credit Line

Gift of Charles Lang Freer

Iteration

2

Shelf Number

65

Wall

East

Title

Ewer

Object Number

F1907.284a-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/F1907.284a-b.jpg

Collection

Citation

"Ewer," in The Peacock Room, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Accession No. F1907.284a-b, Item #3157, http://www.peacockroom.wayne.edu/items/show/3157 (accessed November 19, 2017).