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Found among the ruins of Manwoldae Palace, Songdo (present-day Kaesong, North Korea) by the land owner; sold by one of his descendants to a Korean official; 1885, sold in Seoul by the official to a US Navy officer [see note 1]; 1889, sold by the US officer to Edward Sylvester Morse (b. 1838 - d. 1925), Salem; 1892, sold by Morse to the MFA (Accession Date: March 1, 1892). Notes [1] Edward Sylvester Morse, Catalogue of the Morse Collection of Japanese Pottery. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Cambridge: Riverside Press, 1901. p. 29.

Credit Line

Morse Collection. Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

Korean, Goryeo dynasty, 12th century

Object Place

Songdo, Korea


Height: 7.0 cm (2 3/4 in.), Diameter of Rim: 16.5 cm (6 1/2 in.), Diameter of Foot: 4.2 cm (1 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glazed stoneware with incised and semi-relief decoration




Ceramics, Pottery, Stoneware