Fine Korean Koryo Dynasty Bronze Bowl, Spoon & Chopsticks
This fine, high quality 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). The foot of the bowl has been made separately and is joined by two rivets. Originally its surface would have been brightly polished but it has, during its long burial, acquired a green patina, although both inner and outer surfaces retain their smoothness. Note the line of green mineral (malachite) deposits to the inner surface showing where another bowl, or similar vessel, rested inside this bowl at an angle during its long burial. The spoon is particularly elaborate with its fine form and decorative fishtail end. In the "V" of the end of the spoon is a small purpose-made circular hole. Even the chopsticks are decorated below the squared upper ends, the other ends being round.
Diameter of bowl 16 cm (6.25 inches), height of bowl 9.75 cm (3.75 inches), length of chopsticks 26 cm (10.25 inches), length of spoon 27.5 cm (10.75 inches). This set is in fine condition and certainly of "museum quality". 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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