A Very Rare and Fine Jingle-Bell Libation Cup:
Korea, Three King Domes Periods (Silla period), 5th-6thcentury
This is a so called “a jingle-bell libation cup-vessel. It probably could have been
used for a ritual ceremony in Silla or Kaya periods.
This is an extremely rare Jingle cup with an inside pierced high ring foot,
cut and opened high footed stem like a pedestal bowl with natural ash and lead
glaze on the body. The tall ribbed flaring sides supported on a perforated
base with a Clay Pellet inside to produce sound. Pottery vessels with fanciful
shapes like this attest to the skill and confidence of Silla potters. Complex and
thin-walled forms such as this were borrowed from metal work and were
difficult to render in clay. Silla pottery vessels like this with unusual shapes and
good condition can be seen in museums in Korea but are extremely rare in western countries.
It has 3 tiny chips on the mouth rim and repaired, otherwise very good condition.
Measures: 5 ¾” high and 3 1/8” diameter.
Reference: Korean Art, The Brooklyn Museum, by Robert J, Moes, 1987, #6