Pedestal Bowl with Cover

Accession Number

Pedestal Bowl with Cover


Artist Nationality
Korean (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
5th century

Medium & Support
stoneware with stamped decoration

8 3/4 x 5 11/16 x 5 11/16 in. (22.2 x 14.3 x 14.3 cm);3 5/16 x 5 11/16 x 5 11/16 in. (8.3 x 14.3 x 14.3 cm);5 1/2 x 4 5/8 x 4 5/8 in. (13.9 x 11.6 x 11.6 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Bruce and Inta Hasenkamp and Museum purchase made possible by Elder and Mrs. Sang-Yong Nam

Subject matter
Gray-blue, unpolished earthenware objects were made in the Gyeongsang-do region during the Silla period, and they are generally referred to as Silla earthenware. Silla earthenware was first made mainly in the Gyeongju and Gyeongsang-do regions, but as Silla expanded its sovereign territory, the art of Silla earthenware manufacture spread to other areas. The color of Silla earthenware is mostly black, gray-black or gray-blue. The surface of that is very hard and solid. The fundamental shapes are Jar with the neck and footed bowl.

Physical Description
The convex lid has on its top a long knob which has three square perforations. The lid is decorated with vertical rows of gouged dots. The dish with a slightly inward-flaring and upright mouth is rather flat. The long and astragal-shaped foot is divided into two sections, each bearing three trapezoid perforations at alternating positions and decorated with wave design.

This is a grayish black, high-fired stoneware lidded stem cup. A thin incised line encircles the upper surface of the lid, above and below which are vertical rows of dots. The cup’s flange slopes inward, while the gallery that holds the lid in place is very short. The lip of the lid that covers the cup flange is relatively long and has a grooved edge. The cup has a long, trumpet-shaped stem and two tiers of perforations. The stem splays in a straight line and is divided into two sections by bands. The upper section is perforated by three openings, while the lower section is perforated by three rectangular openings alternately offset from those located above. The foot of the pedestal has a flared profile.

[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2017) p. 58]

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type

Additional Object Classification(s)
Ritual Object

Collection Area

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On display

UMMA Gallery Location ➜ FFW, Lower Level ➜ 053 (Education Center Display Cabinets) ➜ Cabinet A ➜ Shelf 1