Goryeo Stoneware Vessel | Korea, 10C


An stoneware vessel excavated from an ancient tomb on the Korean Peninsula. It is believed that it was fired in a kiln in Chungcheongnam-do (west part of the peninsula) or Jeollanam-do (southwest part of the peninsula). At first glance, it looks like a Silla pottery, but it made later than Silla, the early Goryeo period as to presume from the shape of the vessel. Until the emergence of Goryeo celadon in the latter half of the 10th century, it seems that this kind of stoneware were commonly made.

The patterns that were often used for the design have disappeared, and the base is flat. The vessel, which is carrying out the texture of the Silla pottery but more practically modernized vessel shape, which are the characteristics of the Buncheong ware and the roots of Japanese sake bottles can be found.

There are no notable defects other than a very small chip on the rim. Since there is an earthy odor particular to the excavated wares, boiling is required when using it as a sake bottle. The colorful wildflowers would look excellent in this idyllic and minimal aspect.

W9cm × H16cm
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