Pedestal stand, Korea

Pedestal stand, Korea

Pedestal stand
Korea
AD 400-600
Unglazed stoneware, with incised, raised and pierced decoration
Museum no. FE.58-1993

The potter's wheel and high-firing kilns were introduced to Korea about AD 300. They enabled potters to produce thin-bodied, complex ceramics in an astonishing variety of shapes.

Tall pedestal stands were found in enormous numbers in royal tombs around Kyongju, the capital of the state of Silla in the south-east. They seem to have been used in funerals, probably to support round-bottomed containers.