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Jar with Stamped Decoration

Jar with Stamped Decoration

Outer diameter: 14 cm (5 1/2 in.); Overall: 9.1 cm (3 9/16 in.)
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

This little jar was part of the gift donated by John L. Severance (1863–1936). He and his father Louis H. Severance (1838–1913) collected Korean ceramics of the Goryeo dynasty (918–1392) from a number of pioneering medical missionaries as a way to foster their activities in Korea, and later donated them to the Cleveland Museum of Art.


This small jar may have been used as a container for powdered tea among Japanese tea drinkers. Possibly produced in one of the kilns established by the trading office (Waegwan) in Busan, southern Gyeongsang province, it was sold to Japanese tea bowl collectors. According to a historical record dated to 1641, one trading boat shipped more than 14,000 tea bowls to Japan.
  • Park, Kyung-ja and Park Hyeong-soon. “Evolution of the Buncheong Wares in the Early Joseon Period as the White Porcelain Takes over the Taxation Supply [조선 전기 공납용 백자제작에 따른 분청사기 양식변화].” Misul sahak (2010): 291-321.
    Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2014.
    Buncheong Ware [분청사기]. Seoul: Ehwa Woman’s Universtiry Museum, 2019.
  • Main Asian Rotation (Gallery 120); July 22 - October 26, 2003.
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