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Earthenware Vessels in the Shape of Mounted Figures
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

The figure assumed to be the master wears a luxurious conical hat and armor and has a sword at the waist. His horse is fitted out with ornaments, saddle, stirrups, and other details. In the center of the horse's forehead is a horn-shaped ornament, suggesting that the vessel was made for ritual purposes. The face is quite exotic with a sharp, high nose and deep-set eyes. The other figure, apparently the servant, has a bare torso and his hair is done in a topknot. He is waving a bell and carrying a bundle on his back. The trappings on his horse are quite simple. Vessels made in the shape of people, animals or certain objects were not made for practical use but for ritual purposes, symbolizing wishes for the peaceful repose of the dead in the afterlife. It is designated as Korean National Treasure No. 91.

History of the Object
These two earthenware vessels made in the shape of a mounted figure provide a wealth of information on people's clothing and horse trappings of the time. The holes in the chest and rump of the horse indicate that the vessels were used as ewers. Judging by the difference in the clothing, the size of the two riders, and the trappings of the horse, it is presumed that the two figures differed in social class.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Earthenware 
Measurements
Width Left : 9.9cm, Right : 10.5cm Height Left : 26.8cm, Right : 23.4cm Length Left : 26.8cm, Right : 29.4cm  
Creator name
unknown 
Creator date
unknown 
Where it was made
Geumnyeongchong, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do province, Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 6th century ~ AD 6th century 
Creation date
6th Century; Silla 
Function
Burial Objects 
Acquisition
Excavation 
Copyright
National Museum of Korea 
Acknowledgements
National Museum of Korea, National Museum of Korea Digital Museum 2.0, Cultural Foundation of National Museum of Korea, Seoul, 2007 
Owner
National Museum of Korea 
Museum
National Museum of Korea 
Credit line
National Museum of Korea 

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