Large storage jar on cut-out pedestal foot

Accession Number

Large storage jar on cut-out pedestal foot


Artist Nationality
Korean (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
5th–6th century

Medium & Support

11 15/16 x 8 3/16 x 8 3/16 in. (30.2 x 20.7 x 20.7 cm)

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

Subject matter
Long-necked jars, often with a pierced stand, were used for ceremonies and placed in the tomb with the dead. Burial chamber were filled with such pieces, which were meant to serve the dead in the afterlife. A great deal of our understanding about the material culture of Silla comes from such burial goods.

Physical Description
The gray jar with a little long neck has a foot with rectangular perforations. The relatively thick mouth is slightly everted. Three deep incisions encircle the midsection of the neck. The globular body is decorated with two incised line encircled the body. There are wave designs on the neck and upper body. The foot whose bottom is rolled outward is a little high and wide.

This is a blue-gray, long-necked, high-fired stoneware jar. The long and flared neck of the jar is divided into four sections by thin horizontal incised lines in three places. The sections are decorated by the repeated use of short, downward strokes and wave designs made from scratching the surface with an implement. The body of the jar is widest at the middle, and slightly above the widest point, two incised lines have been drawn to form a section where the same wave design is applied from right to left according to the above technique. The lower part of the body shows faint traces of a parallel paddled pattern that has almost been erased by water smoothing. The widely splayed pedestal features five rectangular perforations and has a wide and grooved edge.

[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2017) p. 52]


Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type

Additional Object Classification(s)
Ritual Object

Collection Area

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2 Related Resources

Before 1492
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
Grief and Mourning Rituals
(Part of 5 Learning Collections)

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