late Unified Silla (676–935)–early Goryeo (918–1392)
9th or 10th century
Stoneware with accidental wood-ash glaze
H. 9 in. (22.9 cm)
Purchase, Judith G. and F. Randall Smith Gift, 1994
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 233
This shape likely derives from leather water bottles carried by northern nomadic tribes of Eurasia. Stoneware bottles of this type were produced at the kilns in Jinjuk-ri, South Chungcheong Province, during the ninth century, and they continued to be made into the early tenth century at the Gurim-ri kilns in South Jeolla Province.