Overall: 11.4 cm (4 1/2 in.)
Gift of John L. Severance 1918.461
This miniature celadon jar was part of the gifts 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.
Celadons, spoons, seals, and bronze mirrors were the most common burial objects in tombs during the Goryeo period (918-1392). Furnishing tombs with an elaborate assemblage of objects was believed to honor and comfort the newly dead. This miniature jar was not used during the lifetime of the tomb owner, but rather was specially commissioned as part of the burial goods.
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