A Very Fine and Rare Earthen Ware Musical Instrument:
Korea, Three Kingdom (Old Silla) period, 4th-5th century
This is one of the rarest earthenware musical instruments from old Silla period,
which is formed in a round, spherical shape. It has been incised with three bands encircling the circumference of the shape. At the cross points of these bands, there are holes so the sound of the small earthen beads, place in it's hollow interior, can be heard. Some of those 6 holes have some darkened areas.It’s in fine condition except for small chips.
Measures: 3" in diameter and 11” in circumference.
*** A very indentical earthen ware gloval-shape musical instrument from old Silla Period
see Collection of Dong Won Art Museum by Mr. Lee Hong Keun, Korean Arts donated to the Seoul National Museun, Seoul, Korea, 1981, Lot #517, page 230.(Please see 6th and 7th photos).