Stone swords were used 3000 years ago throughout Korea and iron swords were developed during the Three Kingdom era (57 BC - 668 AD). Shorter swords like this one were typically used in battle for follow up attacks.
Gilt bronze standing Buddha on lotus pedestal. He is clothed in monastic robes with cascading U-shaped folds, similar to the gentle folds of his neck. His hands ake the form of two mudras: the abhaya (“have no fear”) mudra with the right hand, and varada (“wishes are granted”) mudra with the left.
It is well proportioned overall and represent Buddha in a standing position; a position quite popular in Unified Shilla Buddhist sculpture. The Ushinisha on the top of Buddha's head is tall, voluminous and black. The face is plump and facial features, including the eyes, nose and the mouth, are all rather small. The earlobes hang are hanging and the three curved lines on the neck are highly distinct.
The Buddha, standing on a lotus pedestal, with his right hand in varada mudra ("wishes are graned") and his left hand raised in abhaya mudra (the gesture of "have no fear").
This kind of statue means the promise of Buddha to dispel the fears of sentiment beings and grant all their wishes.
Round porcelain jar with iron pigment under colorless glaze. An abstract dragon spirals around and up the body of the piece, marked by quick brushstrokes indicating scales and unrestrained swirls indicating features such as its head and feet. A slight valley in the contour of the jar marks where two separately thrown pieces were joined together.
The foot is rather small for the size of the body.
Jar with abstract dragon design.
It was made for use in ceremonies at the royal courts.
It has a relatively wide mouth for its height and slighly surving sides. Originally, this tpye of bowl was first produced in celadon in the late Goryeo period and was made in large numbers in buncheong ware during the early Joseon period. The foot is shallow and roughly trimmed.
The shape, and decorative motifs and composition employed on this bowl well domonstrate characteristic features of buncheong ware during the mid 15th century when the stamping technique reached a high point.
It has a long, thin neck and flat oval body. The wide foot is rather shallow but deeply recessed on the underside. The entire of surface is decorated with peony blossom design printed in cobalt blue sigment.
This is a typical bottle type of the late Joseon period, having the characteristic features of a long, thin neck and flat oval body. The bottle was likely produced at the Bunwon-ri kilns in Gwangju, Gyeonggi-do Province.
This mirror features designs of two birds, coupled with floral motifs, positioned symmetrically on the left and right sides. Eight-foiled barbed bronze mirror is general. This type is a modified form of that.
This type mirrors have survived in great numbers, and are being continuously discovered in Goryeo period tombs.
It has a slightly inverted rim and mildly surved sides tapering gradually to a narrow foot. The graze is dark greenish blue in cloor, leaning toward green. The foot was carved out from the inside tl a very shallow depth. Two parrots was carved symmetrically.
This kind of bowl may be dated to sometime in the late 13th century. Parrot design is described long tail, elliptical head and crooked beak. It was found on the bowl or vessel of the Goryeo Dynasty. Bird design represents family happiness, status rising and longevity.
It is simple in shape, like a donut but with a sharply trimmed rim in the manner of a metal vessel. The hole in the middle is believed to be a symbol of Eastern philosophy. Designs are painted on the surface in cobalt blue pigment.
A large number of stationery items in various shapes were produced in the late Joseon period. This circular water dropper is a typical white porcelain stationery item. The image painted on the surface includes a mountain in the background, other landscaping lines, and two characters near the foreground.
The cover has a button-shaped knob at the top and is mostly plain. The mounted bowl has a outward-turned rim. This type of mounted bowl may be deated to sometime in the early 5th century.
Mounted bowl was made in prehistoric times of Korean, China and Japan. It is presumed to be used for personal vessel or ritual vessel. The leg was holed to decorate the bowl or lessen the weight of the bowl. This kind of bowl was found in Silla and Gaya Dynasty. After Silla, the leg become shorter.
It has a relatively wide mouth for its height and slightly surving sides. The glaze was degraded. It was incised with arabesque design and inlaid with white slip.
It would be made in 14-15th century. The glaze was degraded possibly caused by erosion underwater. Many such vessels were discovered underwater in west coast of Korea. (Priof visiting scholar's opinion)
The vase has a slightly outward-turned rim and a short neck. The elegantly-shaped bottle flares out to a broad shoulder, then tapers gradually to a slim waist before flaring out once more at the base. The shoulder, mid-belly and base of the vase are decorated with black and white clay-inlaid cloud, crane and butterfly motifs.
It might not be made in Goryeo Dynasty.
Prunus vase has been used for containing the liquid such as liquor. In addition, It has been used to contain honey or sesame oil. At the party It was used to put a flower. The mouth is small and the shoulder is big.
This jar has a long and upright mouth with a robust shoulder that give way to a body tapering toward the base. The crane, cloud, pine tree and rock are painted with blue and red copper pigment.
This body shape has prevailed the entire Joseon period but the tall mouth is a unique end Joseon feature. The parallel use of these two colors started in the late 18th century to continue into the following century, and seem to have been influenced by colorful folk painting.