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Bowl

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When Freer acquired this bowl as part of a group acquisition in 1907, it (and a number of similar examples) was believed to have been made in Korea, on account of their provenance. Scholars now agree, however, that most white wares like this, despite having been found in Korean tombs, were, in fact, made in China. This qingbai porcelain bowl, which dates to the second half of the twelfth century, was part of the collection of. Horace Allen, a former missionary and then ambassador to Korea. When Allen returned to Dayton, Ohio, and decided to sell his ceramics collection, he received high offers for individual pieces. He opted instead to keep the collection intact. Freer agreed to the purchase under that condition and noted upon review of his new wares, "Can some of them be Chinese?"

Object Name

Bowl

Ware

Qingbai ware

Dated

second half 12th century

Period

Southern Song dynasty

Medium

Porcelain with transparent pale blue (qingbai) glaze

Dimensions

HxW: 7.2 x 20.1 cm

Country

China

Credit Line

Gift of Charles Lang Freer

Iteration

2

Shelf Number

68

Wall

East

Title

Bowl

Object Number

F1907.291

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/F1907.291.jpg

Collection

Citation

"Bowl," in The Peacock Room, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Accession No. F1907.291, Item #3163, http://www.peacockroom.wayne.edu/items/show/3163 (accessed November 19, 2017).