Bottle with flattened side

Period: late Unified Silla (676–935)–early Goryeo (918–1392)

Date: 9th or 10th century

Culture: Korea

Medium: Stoneware with accidental wood-ash glaze

Dimensions: H. 8 1/4 in. (21 cm); W. 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm); D. 4 1/2 in. (1.4 cm)

Classification: Ceramics

Credit Line: Purchase, Judith G. and F. Randall Smith Gift, 1994

Accession Number: 1994.226


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.