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Storage Jar on cut-out pedestal foot


Artwork Details

Storage Jar on cut-out pedestal foot
5th–6th century
7 3/8 x 4 7/8 x 4 7/8 in. (18.6 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

On Display

Not currently on display


Subject Matter:

Long-necked jars, often with a pierced stand, were used for ceremonies and placed in the tomb with the dead. Burial chamber were filled with such pieces, which were meant to serve the dead in the afterlife. A great deal of our understanding about the material culture of Silla comes from such burial goods.

Physical Description:

The gray jar with a little long neck has a foot with rectangular perforations and is potted with fine silt-based clay. The relatively thin mouth is slightly everted. Three deep incisions encircle the midsection of the neck. The globular body is decorated with two incised line encircled the body. The foot whose bottom is rolled outward is a little high and wide.

The long and splayed neck of this blue-gray, high-fired stoneware jar is encircled by two sets of ridges. The set on the upper section of the neck has two ridges, and the set on the lower section has one ridge. The rim is narrow and round. The inner surface of the neck shows rough, uneven surfaces resulting from wheel throwing. The body is widest at its middle. The vessel surface has been smoothed by paring on a wheel after attaching the low pedestal. The pedestal shows six rectangular perforations.

[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2017) p. 51]

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