Ancient Koreans believed birds were the messengers to the spirit world because they can travel over land and water and through the sky. In villages figures of birds can still be seen atop tall wooden poles, recalling their earlier importance. Because they mate for life, even today Koreans especially favor ducks. Many duck-shaped vessels have been discovered in tombs in the ancient regions of Gaya and Silla, suggesting their importance in those ancient cultures (42–562).
The prominent opening on the back and tail indicates that this vessel was used to serve wine or to pour purified water at special rituals and ceremonies. Compared to those dated to the fifth and sixth centuries which have a more naturalistic appearance and have been fired to the hardness of stoneware, earlier examples like this piece were fired only to the hardness of earthenware and were probably not suited for practical purposes. Although the duck has lost the lowest everted part of its tubular stand, its whimsical expression has endearing and intriguing qualities.
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- why specifically a duck? are other birds seen or also favored in korea?(5 votes)
- because of a couple of duck mean is happy family in korea. also they like a crow with 3 regs, mean is god of sun.(1 vote)
- were is Gila and Silla in Korea?(2 votes)
- why do they think that birds were messenged by a spirit world.(1 vote)
- What is the vase made of?(1 vote)
- Was there any significant art in the other kingdoms that were on the Korean peninsula?(1 vote)
- What do ducks mean in Korean culture?(1 vote)
- It means they are a messinger from the sky,
and Korean peaple liked them, becase
when it was the past, no one could flew,
but the birds could. So they thought birds were
very high.(1 vote)
- Why does it say Vessel its not a boat(0 votes)
- vessels can be cups, pitchers or boats..... anything that can carry or contain something.
Like a "vehicle" can be a bicycle, motorcycle, car, truck or military tank... they're all vehicles.(1 vote)