Earthenware with incised decoration and color
Overall: 23.5 cm (9 1/4 in.); Diameter of mouth: 15.9 cm (6 1/4 in.); Diameter with handles: 16.5 cm (6 1/2 in.)
Seventy-fifth anniversary gift of George Gund 1991.137
Closed kilns built on hillsides became widely used for producing this type of pottery vessel in Korea during the Three Kingdoms period.
Pottery vessels, such as this one, were produced
in sloping tunnel kilns that reached 1,000 to
1,200 degrees Celsius. This jar’s bulbous body
with delicate horn-shaped handles suggests that it may have served to present offerings to
the deceased. This type of high-fired terracotta vessel is usually excavated from tomb sites
in the southwestern region of the Korean
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