Period: late Bronze Age (ca. 15th–ca. 3rd century B.C.)

Date: ca. 4th century B.C.

Culture: Korea

Medium: Burnished red earthenware

Dimensions: H. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm); Diam. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm); Diam. of rim 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Gift of Hongnam Kim, to commemorate the opening of the Arts of Korea Gallery, 1998

Accession Number: 1998.212


The lush red color of this jar comes from an iron-oxide pigment that was applied and burnished onto the vessel before it was fired. Found primarily in tombs, jars such as this example were likely used in funereal rituals.