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Jarabyeong (bottle in the shape of a snapping‐turtle)
18545
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

It is a commonly used household item which is representative of the daily life of the Korean people.

History of the Object
The shape of this bottle resembles a snapping turtle; it has a voluminous body and the bottle‐neck bends upward. This type of snapping turtle bottle design originates from as early as the Three Kingdoms period and continues to the 15th and 16th centuries. This piece is earthenware has a bottle case made of twisted paper strings. A shoulder strap was attached to the bottle case so that it could be carried around conveniently.

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Type
Other 
Materials
Clay and paper 
Measurements
Width 190 mm. Height 200 mm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century; Early 
Function
The bottle was used to carry water or liquor while traveling or while going to work in the fields. 
Acquisition
Purchase 
Copyright
Government of the Republic of Korea 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
 
Museum
National Folk Museum of Korea 
Credit line
National Folk Museum of Korea 

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