Korean Koryo Dynasty Bronze Bowl, Spoon & Chopsticks
This bronze bowl and utensils were made during the Koryo Dynasty (AD 918 - 1392) but more specifically during the 13th century. The wall of the bowl is particularly thin as it was made by the spinning technique as opposed to having been cast (see below for more information). Originally its surface would have been brightly polished but it has, during its long burial, acquired a green patina. The chopsticks are square at one end and round at the other.
Diameter of bowl 15 cm (6 inches), length of chopsticks 25.5 cm (10 inches), length of spoon 17.5 cm (6.75 inches). This set is in fine condition. The spoon has a couple of pin holes but there is no sign of any restoration or repair; exceptional !
For information, from the fine 1987 book, Korean Art from The Brooklyn Museum, by Robert J. Moes, to describe the manufacturing process of Korean spun bronze vessels: Spun bronze involved mounting a small bronze cylinder on a lathelike device and drawing the malleable metal out to its final shape while it spun at high speed. This technique permitted thinner walls, making the vessel considerably lighter than its cast counterpart, thus requiring less bronze. Some vessels were made in sections with the various parts then brazed together.
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