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Bone Jar with Earrings
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

Bone jars of the Unified Silla are remarkable objects, which reflect the funeral customs and the level of popularity of Buddhist culture at the time. This object is especially distinctive in that the handle area is in the shape of a tower, earrings (Younglak) hang from the lower part to convey a decorative meaning, and the lid area has a clay figurine wearing a conical hat. When considering that conical hats were worn by the Gaya people, it seems that they were made during the Unified Silla but according to the pattern of Gaya.

History of the Object
Aju-dong of Geoje City was a place where Georohyeon was set up during Unified Silla, and a wide variety of objects have been discovered in its surroundings. From the dolmen of the Bronze Age, polished stone daggers, harness fittings of cross belt, etc. have been discovered. This bone jar likewise was discovered by a farmer who was cultivating the field. It was subsequently donated to the museum.

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Type
Ceramics 
Materials
Earthenware 
Measurements
Width 20 cm Height 23.4 cm Length 17 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Aju-dong, Geoje City, Gyeongsangnam-do Province, Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 7th century ~ AD 10th century 
Creation date
7th Century - 10th Century; Unified Silla(676 - 935) 
Function
The bone jar is closely linked to Buddhist precedents. Unlike general burial customs of the past, it seems that after cremation, which is a Buddhist funeral custom, the bones were gathered and placed in a bone jar and then buried. 
Acquisition
Reportedly excavated in Geoje City 
Copyright
Geoje Museum 
Acknowledgements
Geoje Museum 
Owner
Suwon Hwang/Geoje Museum 
Museum
Geoje Museum 
Credit line
Geoje Museum 

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