Korean Ceramics

March 1, 1997 – August 7, 2011

Freer Gallery of Art
Jefferson Drive and 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC

Gallery 9 Floor Plan

Ceramics have always been an integral part of Korean culture and an important vehicle of the Korean aesthetic. This gallery presents Korean ceramics made between 200 and 1900 -- from the Three Kingdoms period (1st-7th centuries) and the Choson period (1392-1910) -- ranging from tableware and Buddhist cinerary urns made for courtiers to bowls, bottles, and storage jars used by peasants. Among the first Americans to collect ceramics of the Choson period, Charles Lang Freer was introduced to them in the 1890s by Japanese dealers and collectors