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Cup with handle on cut-out pedestal


Artwork Details

Cup with handle on cut-out pedestal
5th century
3 7/8 x 4 7/8 x 4 7/8 in. (9.8 x 12.3 x 12.3 cm)
Gift of Bruce and Inta Hasenkamp and Museum purchase made possible by Elder and Mrs. Sang-Yong Nam


Subject Matter:

Three Kingdoms period: tall pedestals with triangular or rectangular perforations that were often paired with round jars. Pieces similar to this cup have been discovered from earthen mound tombs in Pusan on the southeastern coast of Korea where the Kaya Federation briefly flourished alongside the more powerful three kingdoms of Koguryo, Baekje, and Silla.

Physical Description:

This vessel consists of a cup with an outward-flaring mouth supported on an inverted V-shaped pedestal foot. A single oval-shaped handle is attached to the underside of the cup. The pedestal foot is decorated with four vertical rectangular perforations. Immediately below this is a pair of thin horizontal ridges, which also encircle the body of the cup.

This is a gray, high-fired stoneware stem cup. It is characterized by its shallow cup body and trumpet-shaped flared pedestal. A raised-band encircles the lower part of the pedestal, which is perforated by rectangular apertures in four places. A loop-shaped handle is attached to the lower part of the cup.

[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2017) p. 66]

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