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Jar

Label Text

Now dated to the nineteenth century, this jar, with extensive red lacquer repairs, came to Freer from Paris-based dealer Siegfried Bing. He believed it to be a Korean antique, while the ceramics expert Edward Sylvester Morse although it was Tamba ware from Japan. Both men regarded this as an "important specimen," as Freer described it; Morse echoed this sentiment: "Very extraordinary specimen," he noted in 1921. The piece has puzzled subsequent scholars, who have been uncertain about its geographic origins, but sure that it was not the ancient vessel that Freer and his contemporaries believed it to be. It may be an example of a fake antique, produced specifically for an international market.

Object Name

Jar

Ware

Possibly Buncheong ware

Dated

19th century

Period

Joseon period, Edo period, or Meiji era

Medium

Stoneware with white slip under clear glaze; lacquer repairs

Dimensions

HxW: 45.4 x 26.4 cm

Country

Korea or Japan

Credit Line

Gift of Charles Lang Freer

Iteration

2

Shelf Number

75

Wall

East

Title

Jar

Object Number

F1904.147

Freer Source

Siegfried Bing

Freer Source City

Paris

Freer Source Country

France

Image

http://141.217.97.109/plugins/Dropbox/files/peacock-jpg/JPEG/F1904.147.jpg

Collection

Citation

"Jar," in The Peacock Room, Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Accession No. F1904.147, Item #3175, http://www.peacockroom.wayne.edu/items/show/3175 (accessed November 21, 2017).