Buncheong ware with incised, stamped, and slip-inlaid decoration
Height: 37.6 cm (14 13/16 in.); Outer diameter: 27 cm (10 5/8 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 1963.505
The tiny ear-like handles located around the jar's shoulder allowing string to pass through were used to keep the lid (now missing) tightly closed.
In premodern Korea, a newborn baby’s umbilical cord and placenta were believed to be a symbol of the life force of the fetus and thus kept in a specially arranged burial site. This jar was made exclusively for burying a placenta, a custom practiced by aristocratic families in Korea in the belief that it would bring happiness to the child.
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