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Jar with a Hole in its Body
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This is similar to the jar with a hole in its body discovered in Kyushu, Japan (a wide mouthed jar with a hole) and is a type that is not often seen in Korea. Considering its rarity, it is judged that this complete earthenware which conveys stability and balance constitutes an important resource related to cultural exchange between ancient Korea and Japan.

History of the Object
This vessel is said to have been discovered around a construction site of Daewoo dockyard in Aju-dong, Geoje Island. The civilian who discovered it kept it and later donated it to Geoje Museum.

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Type
Ceramics 
Materials
Earthenware 
Measurements
Base D 10 cm, Mouth D 11.5 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Korea 
Geography
Korea 
Time period
BCE 1st century ~ AD 7th century 
Creation date
BCE; 1st Century BCE - 7th Century AD; Three Kingdoms Period(BC 18 - 676 AD) 
Function
This type of vessels is distributed around the Youngsan River basin, Jeonlanam-do Province, and it is often the case that the vessels are among burial accessories excavated from burial sites. In terms of the function of this vessel, one view is that it was used as a pitcher from which liquid such as alcohol was poured after placing a bamboo tube in its small opening. Another view is that it was a container from which liquids such as alcohol and blood were sucked with something like a reed being attached when taking an oath or performing a ritual. The third view believes that it was used as an oil container. The fourth view considers that it was used for ancestral rites. There is a case in Japan where this type of vessel was found with a wooden funnel stuck in its opening, which leads to the speculation that it basically functioned very much as a kettle. 
Acquisition
Excavated in Geoje City and later donated to the museum in 1991 
Copyright
Geoje Museum 
Acknowledgements
Geoje Museum 
Owner
Suwon Hwang/Geoje Museum 
Museum
Geoje Museum 
Credit line
Geoje Museum 

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