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Identification and Creation
Object Number
Pedestal Bowl with Lightly Domed Cover, the Base with Openwork Decoration in Two Registers
Work Type
5th-early 6th century
Creation Place: East Asia, Korea
Three Kingdoms period, Kaya, 42 BCE-562 CE
Persistent Link
Physical Descriptions
Light gray stoneware with kiln-blackened surface and with incised and openwork decoration
bowl only: H. 16.1 x Diam. 18.3 cm (6 5/16 x 7 3/16 in.)
bowl and cover: H. 21.2 cm (8 3/8 in.)
[through ?, Korea, mid 1960s]; to Jerry Lee Musslewhite (mid 1960s-2009); to Estate of Jerry Lee Musslewhite (2009-2010), sold; to Harvard Art Museums, 2010.

NOTE: Jerry Lee Musslewhite was an employee of the U.S. Department of Defense who worked in the Republic of Korea from 1965 to 1969.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Purchase through the generosity of Alan J. and Suzanne W. Dworsky
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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This stately covered food cup rests on an elongated conical base that flares strongly at the bottom but then constricts to a virtually cylindrical form at the top. Of compressed hemispherical shape, the bowl springs directly from the pedestal base. The lightly domed cover rises from a short, vertical lip; a small, button-form handle rises from its top. Together, the bowl and cover form a compressed sphere. Two pairs of relief bowstring lines divide the conical base into three horizontal registers. Elongated, vertically oriented apertures enliven the upper and middle registers of the base, the apertures stacked (rather than alternating in checkerboard fashion). A molded, relief ridge accentuates the division between the cover's lip and dome and serves as a visual springboard for the arching dome. An incised bowstring line midway between ridge and handle divides the cover into two horizontal registers; each register sports a ring of short, vertically oriented, dotted lines that radiate outward from the handle. The dotted lines likely were created with a roulette wheel. The covered pedestal bowl is unglazed; though made of light to medium gray stoneware, the exterior surfaces appear charcoal gray to black in most areas, due to carbon saturation during firing. The kiln inclusions--perhaps fine sand--that appear around the flaring portion of the base became integrally affixed to the piece during firing. The light gray hue of the stoneware is visible on the interior of bowl and cover, indicating that the vessel must have been fired with its cover in place, with the result that carbon from the smoke in the firing chamber did not reach those areas. Dirt and other burial adhesions appear in localized areas, particularly inside the pedestal base, in the apertures, and on the interior of both bowl and cover.

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