Korea / Bottle with flattened side / Unified Silla dynasty (668?935), 8th?10th centuryKorea
Bottle with flattened side
Unified Silla dynasty (668?935), 8th?10th century

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Far East Asian; Korean
Creator Dates/Places: Korea
Creator Name-CRT: Korea
Title: Bottle with flattened side
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 700
Creation End Date: 999
Creation Date: Unified Silla dynasty (668?935), 8th?10th century
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: Stoneware
Dimensions: H. 9 in. (22.9 cm)

The early rulers of Unified Silla, enjoying the peace and stability that accompanied their unification of the Korean peninsula, pursued extensive contacts with Japan as well as with the Chinese Tang dynasty (618?907). In addition, the numerous Buddhist pilgrims who, seeking greater understanding of their faith, traveled by land and sea from Korea to China and India also brought to the peninsula a greater awareness of other cultures.

The response of Unified Silla potters to foreign influences can be seen in this flat-sided stoneware bottle of the eighth to tenth century. The vessel's form probably derives from the leather flasks used by nomadic tribes in the northern regions of the mainland; these flasks had slightly flared lips and flattened sides that facilitated their suspension from saddles . In contrast to the elaborately decorated funerary stoneware of the period, the surface of this vessel is unadorned, a characteristic of utilitarian stoneware containers in the Unified Silla and KoryƓ (918?1392) dynasties. The accidental splashes of ash glaze are the result of wood ash falling on the vessel during firing.

AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 1994.226
Credit Line: Purchase, Judith G. and F. Randall Smith Gift, 1994
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art . All rights reserved.
Rights: http://www.metmuseum.org/education/er_photo_lib.asp
AMICA ID: MMA_.1994.226
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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