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Duck-shaped Vessel
KHM_6992-4
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Duck-shaped potteries were frequently selected as one of the burial gifts. Ducks were considered to have all three capabilities necessary to move onto the next world. They are capable of walking, swiming, and flying. Moreover, ancient people of prehistoric eras thought that birds take the soul of a dead person to the next world. There is a theory that this object is actually describing a phoenix because it has a cockscomb on its head.

History of the Object
The vessel is made of fine soil. It is a relic which was found in a tomb of the Proto-Three Kingdoms Period.

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Type
Archaeological 
Materials
Earthenware 
Measurements
Height 39.2 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
BCE 1st century ~ AD 3rd century 
Creation date
BCE; 1st Century BCE - 3rd Century AD; Proto Three Kingdoms Period 
Function
Burial gift 
Acquisition
Purchase 
Copyright
Hengso Museum of Keimyung University 
Acknowledgements
Hengso Museum of Keimyung University 
Owner
Hengso Museum of Keimyung University 
Museum
Hengso Museum of Keimyung University, Daegu 
Credit line
Hengso Museum of Keimyung University 

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