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)

Classification: Ceramics

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

Accession Number: 1998.212


This kind of ware, made of an iron-rich clay, typically has a bulbous shape and a flared rim. The red color and lustrous surface were produced by applying an iron-rich pigment such as ocher to the vessel and then burnishing the object before firing. Recent excavations of residential sites have uncovered red burnished wares in such utilitarian forms as bowls and footed cups. Like the jars found in tombs, these are made of fine clay and probably were intended for ritual use.