9 1/4 x 10 inches
Gift of the Houston Korean-American Community with
the Asia Society and museum purchase with funds provided
by the Director's Accessions Fund
This stoneware vessel dates to a time often referred to as the Three Kingdoms period (57 BC–AD 668), when the Korean peninsula was controlled by the kingdoms of Silla, Koguryo, and Paekche. Kaya, a small southern kingdom, was also a contender for power, but to a far lesser extent. Even though the Kaya fell to the Silla in the 6th century, the Kaya contributed a great deal to Korean ceramic pottery. The solid round shape of this jar is found in ceramics that have been attributed to both the Kaya and the early Silla kingdoms.
An early example of wheel-constructed pottery, this jar is distinguished by its red and black coloration, which the clay acquired when the piece was fired. Vessels like these were usually decorated with engraved or stamped patterns, comb marks, and lines drawn around the rim.