Closed kilns built on hillsides became widely used for producing this type of pottery vessel in Korea during the Three Kingdoms period.
Pottery vessels, such as this one, were produced in sloping tunnel kilns that reached 1,000 to 1,200 degrees Celsius. This jar’s bulbous body with delicate horn-shaped handles suggests that it may have served to present offerings to the deceased. This type of high-fired terracotta vessel is usually excavated from tomb sites in the southwestern region of the Korean peninsula.
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