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Bowl with lid

Bowl with lid

  • Place of origin:

    Korea (made)

  • Date:

    1392-1910 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cast bronze

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Metalworking on the Korean peninsula dates back to the first millennium BC, when bronze casting was introduced. The splendours of Korean metal production include magnificent crowns, belts, headdresses and ornaments wrought from gold and jade from the 5th to 7th centuries; the bronze mirrors of the Koryo dynasty (918–1392); and the metal-inlaid bronze and ironwork of the Koryo and Choson (1392–1910) dynasties.

This bronze bowl and lid date to the Choson dynasty. Marks inside from where rice stuck to it demonstrate that it was used. Prolonged contact with the earth has severely corroded its surface, suggesting that it was buried in a tomb and believed to accompany the dead person into the afterlife.

Physical description

The bowl is of flattened globular form and the cover fits closely over the rim of the bowl. On the interior are rice-grain patterns.

Colour: Gold and green

Place of Origin

Korea (made)


1392-1910 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Cast bronze


Height: 11.4 cm without lid, Diameter: 15.2 cm

Descriptive line

Met, Korea, vess/cont/holders

Met, Korea, vess/cont/holders

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Beth McKillop. Korean Art and Design. London: V&A, 1992, p.50






Kor_load; Metalwork; Eating; Containers


East Asia Collection

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