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Large cup with globular body, cylindrical neck and twisted-vine handle

Accession Number

Large cup with globular body, cylindrical neck and twisted-vine handle


Artist Nationality
Korean (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
5th century

Medium & Support

4 3/16 x 4 1/16 x 4 1/16 in. (10.5 x 10.2 x 10.2 cm)

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

Label copy
Single-handled cups were made in Silla in a wide variety of shapes, with both plain and twisted handles. To our eyes, they look like modern coffee mugs, but their actual function is unknown.
Maribeth Graybill, The Enduring Art of the Korean Potter, December 12, 2004-November 6, 2005

Subject matter
This type of grayish-blue stoneware cup is commonly excavated from the tombs of Three kingdoms period (Gaya period) 5th century.

Physical Description
It has a flat base, globular body and straight neck. Two narrow ridges encircle the body and a ridge encircles between the body and neck. The attached handle is a little small and get twisted.

This is a dark gray, low-fired stoneware cup with a handle. The almost-upright mouth gently inclines inwards, and the rim has a narrow, slightly rounded edge. Separated from the mouth by a horizontal ridge, the body is widest at its upper-central part. Two horizontal ridges encircle the body of the cup where the body is at its widest. The lower part of the body has been pared twice at different angles during rotation.

[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2017) p. 70]

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type

Additional Object Classification(s)
Ritual Object

Collection Area

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