Cinerary Urn or Reliquary with stamped circle designs

Accession Number

Cinerary Urn or Reliquary with stamped circle designs


Artist Nationality
Korean (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
8th century

Medium & Support

7 1/2 x 9 3/16 x 9 3/16 in. (18.9 x 23.3 x 23.3 cm);3 1/8 x 9 3/16 x 9 3/16 in. (7.9 x 23.3 x 23.3 cm);4 11/16 x 8 9/16 x 8 9/16 in. (11.8 x 21.6 x 21.6 cm)

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

Label copy
Many urns of the Unified Silla period have very dense surface patterns, and this example is typical. The sides of the deep bowl are covered with a dense fish-roe pattern, and the lid likewise has rows of stamped dotted circles.
Maribeth Graybill, The Enduring Art of the Korean Potter, December 12, 2004-November 6, 2005

Subject matter
This bowl appears to be a burial item rather than an everyday bowl. Ashes were put in this type of urn.

Physical Description
This stoneware vessel consists of a bowl and lid. The curved hemispheric lid has a ring-shaped knob in the center and is decorated with stamped design irregularly. The high and hemispheric bowl stands on the low foot with a flat base. This part is also decorated with densely and evenly stamped design.

This is a dark gray, high-fired stoneware lidded bowl. The lid is crowned with a button-shaped knob. A group of ill-defined stamped motifs and two rows of stamped chrysanthemums encircle the knob and decorate the lid. Two thinly incised lines run around the top of the bowl, right below the rim. Below these lines, a vertically aligned continuous horseshoe pattern decorates the outer surface of the bowl. The mouth of the bowl is upright, and the grooved edge of the rim slopes inwards. The widest part of the bowl is located towards the upper part of the body. The foot of the bowl is short and round. There are traces of three thinly incised lines drawn on the bottom of the bowl to attach the foot.

[Korean Collection, University of Michigan Museum of Art (2017) p. 79]

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
funerary jar

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 E ➜ Shelf 3