Chariot Cup

Period: Three Kingdoms period, Gaya Federation (42–562)

Date: 5th century

Culture: Korea

Medium: Stoneware with incidental ash glaze

Dimensions: H. 6 1/4 in (15.9 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1997

Accession Number: 1997.34.2


Silla and Kaya tombs have yielded a number of vessels of this type, usually found in pairs. Attached to the perforated pedestal are two sculpted wheels; the pedestal is surmounted by a pair of cups, which are connected at the base by a tube, allowing liquid to rise to the same level in both cups. Such vessels may have been used as containers for water or wine in rituals or funerary ceremonies