Jar with Deer-shaped Figurines

UnknownGaya, 5th~6th century

National Museum of Korea

National Museum of Korea
Seoul, South Korea

This jar has a globular body with a round base, a wide mouth, and a funnel-shaped neck, but its most notable feature is the two tiny deer figurines attached to the shoulders. The deer figurines are expressed in a realistic style, which is extraordinarily rare; in fact, no other similar examples have yet been identified. Communities in northern Asia worshipped deer as sacred animals, which is why deer often appear in various cultural contexts, such as in deer stones (ancient Mongolian monoliths, often carved with deer symbols) and as crown ornaments.


  • Title: Jar with Deer-shaped Figurines
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: Gaya, 5th~6th century
  • Physical Dimensions: h16.1 cm
  • Original Title: 사슴이 있는 구멍단지
  • Type: Pottery
  • Rights: National Museum of Korea

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