Credit LineGift of Dr. Robert Rinden by Exchange with Joliffe
Water Ewer, 1100s‒1200s. Goryeo dynasty, Korea.
Bronze; 14 x dia: 5 3/8 in. Denver Art Museum: Gift of Dr. Robert Rinden by exchange, 1971.5
Dimensionsheight: 14 in, 35.5600 cm; diameter: 5.375 in, 13.6525 cm
DepartmentArts of Asia
CollectionArts of Asia
This object is currently on view
1100s‒1200s, Goryeo dynasty (918‒1392)
Gift of Dr. Robert Rinden by exchange
Water ewers have their origins in vessels carried by Buddhist monks in India. This bronze ewer has a long, narrow neck with a circular collar at its center that could serve as a place to grip this bottom-heavy container. Korean paintings from the Goryeo dynasty show that water ewers like this were made in varying shapes and sizes and served both ritual and utilitarian functions. Beautifully glazed porcelain ewers of this type were most likely intended for domestic use in Korean households.
Known ProvenanceAt least 1971, Arthur Jolliffe [b. 1905, d. 1984], Jolliffe's Orientals; 1971, DAM collection, gift of Dr. Robert Rinden by exchange.