Covered Pedestal Bowl

Accession Number

Covered Pedestal Bowl


Artist Nationality
Korean (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
6th century

Medium & Support

4 3/4 x 4 3/8 x 4 3/8 in. (12 x 11.1 x 11.1 cm);2 1/2 x 4 3/8 x 4 3/8 in. (6.2 x 11.1 x 11.1 cm);2 5/16 x 4 1/16 x 4 1/16 in. (5.8 x 10.3 x 10.3 cm)

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

Subject matter
Footed bowl was found in the Three Kingdom and Unified Silla. It is one of the ritual vessels. It can be found in every tomb of that age. It is almost grayish-blue stoneware. At the beginning, It didn’t have lid and perforation. From 4C lid and perforation was made. Footed bowl is divided Silla style and Gaya style. The lid and bowl of Silla style are thick and the leg is slim. The perforation is located in altering position. In contrast, the lid and bowl of Gaya style is very flat and the leg is thick. The perforation is positioned in parallel.

Physical Description
A little Flaring base with spherical food storage bowl on top. The base is cut with four rectangular holes. The lid is attached with a knob-handle shaped like a button. Surrounding the knob is an inner circle of incised triangles and an outer circle of incised semi-circular lobes, each pierced with a gouged dot.

This is a set consisting of a blue-gray, high-fired stoneware stem cup and lid. The stem cup has a shallow bowl and a low pedestal; the shape of its lid resembles the Korean vowel “ㅏ.” The lid is crowned with a ring-shaped knob at its center, which is surrounded by a thin incised line. The circle made by this line contains a triangular design consisting of lines and is bordered with a design of semicircles with dots inside. The bowl’s flange slopes slightly inwards, while a slightly raised gallery supports the lid. Two horizontal ridges run around the pedestal, which is perforated by two pairs of small square openings arranged in different sections and facing each other. The edge of the pedestal foot is round.

[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2017) p.  63]

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type

Additional Object Classification(s)
Ritual Object

Collection Area

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