Jar with horn-shaped handles

Proto-Three Kingdoms Period
h. = 32.7 cm (~13 in)
Daegu National Museum
Daegu, Korea

This jar belongs to a type of pottery called Old Wajil, that developed under Han Chinese influence in the first century AD. It is harder than the plain ware of the preceding Late Bronze Age, but not quite as hard as the stoneware of the following Three Kingdoms period. The jar was turned on a slow wheel and shaped and decorated by applying a paddle. Its horn-shaped handles, long flaring neck, bulbous body, and horizontal raised grooves are characteristic of this type of pottery. Although the horn-shaped handles do not seem very practical, many pots were made with this feature.