Stem cup and cover or 'kobae'
- Object Number: STKMG:1940.P.291
- Simple Name: stem cup
- Full Name: stem cup and cover
- Other Name: kobae
- Production Place: Korea
- Production Period:
- Summary: Stem cup and cover or 'kobae'. Shallow bowl-shaped body supported on a column pierced with three slits. Hard slate-grey earthenware body, unglazed. The cover is decorated with two bands of incised cross motifs. Three Kingdoms period, 400-500 AD.
- Terms:East Asian
- Additional Notes: The stem cup is the most commonly found pottery vessel in Korean tombs in the fifth and sixth centuries, with rectangular pierced decoration on the stand and incised and combed decoration on the lid. It is believed that the 'kobae' were used not just for storing food in burials but also for serving food on special occasions or during rituals. The shape of this object shows the influence of ancient Chinese 'dou' form of cup on a high foot.
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