새 모양 토기 삼국 (삼한시대) 鳥形土器 三國 (三韓時代) Bird-shaped vessel
Three Kingdoms period (57 B.C.–A.D. 676)
H. 12 7/8 in. (32.7 cm); W. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm); L. 13 7/8 in. (35.2 cm)
Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1997
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 233
Footed bird-shaped vessels have been found primarily at burial sites on the southern Korean peninsula, near the Nakdong River. Occurring in pairs, they probably served as funereal ritual vessels and burial objects. Liquid was poured into the vessel through an opening at the back and flowed out through the bird’s tail.