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  • Bowl with Attached Pedestal

    Paeche or Gaya

    Paeche or Gaya
    5th century A.D. or earlier
    Bowl with Attached Pedestal
    Unglazed gray stoneware with deposits of accidental ash glaze
    Alexander H. Bullock Fund

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    In Korea, as in the other countries of northeastern Asia, ceramics have long been an important form of artistic activity; pottery shards carbon dated to the beginning of the ninth millennium before the Christian era have been found there. Notwithstanding their debt to developments in China and their profound influence on Japanese ceramics, Koreans produced ceramic wares that are fundamentally different from those of their neighbors. Transforming Chinese prototypes, they introduced new shapes, decorative devices, and technical innovations, one of the most revolutionary changes occurring in the first century B.C. with the appearance of a hard gray pottery made with the potter's wheel. Unglazed stoneware in powerful shapes, decorated with imagination and fired at a higher temperature, developed during the following centuries. Discovered in graves and the foundations of palaces and other buildings, these ceramics are associated with the upper classes.

    This wide-mouth bowl with pedestal is of the type related to early Chinese pottery and bronze shapes. Hand built by the coil method and finished on the wheel, its body was fired to stoneware hardness and burnished a dark gray color where not covered by streaks, splotches, and natural ash glaze. A convex band and triangular perforations enliven the pedestal.