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Large lidded storage jar ('onggi') with paddled decoration inside and stylized plants outside, made by the potter's thumbs in the wet glaze. Lotus knob on lid. Made of glazed, high-fired earthenware.
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Diameter: 43.80 centimetres (body (foot))
Diameter: 37 centimetres (body (mouth))
Diameter: 63.70 centimetres (lid)
Height: 97.70 centimetres (body)
Height: 113.80 centimetres (total)
- Curator's comments
- Portal 2000:
'Onggi' pottery was also used to make chimneys, tiles or pipes and other receptacles for purposes such as brewing, storing anchovies or sprouting beans. The large storage jars had several different names, such as 'tok', 'hangari' or 'tanji'. Sometimes, as a sort of primitive refrigerator, they were buried in the ground in order to keep the pickled 'kimchi' cold. A more prosaic use for 'onggi' was as primitive lavatories, buried in the ground and emptied with a scoop, or as chamber pots ('yogang').
Typical 'onggi' pots are decorated with a quick sweep of two thumbs, producing sketchy curved lines in the wet glaze. The pots were made by the coil method, with beating tools to smooth the outsides and stamp patterns on the insides, in combination with a wheel. Kilns used included 'cannon' kilns, chamber kilns and beehive-shaped kilns.
- On display (G67/od)
- Exhibition history
1995-2012, BM, G67, permanent display
2016 Sep- , BM, G67
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