Identification and Creation
Object Number
Ceremonial Stand with Snake, Abstract, and Openwork Decoration
Work Type
5th century
Creation Place: East Asia, Korea
Three Kingdoms period, Kaya, 42 BCE-562 CE
Physical Descriptions
Kaya/Chinju-type ware: gray stoneware with combed, stamped, appliqué, and openwork decoration and with traces of natural kiln glaze. Reportedly from Andong, North Kyôngsang province.
H. 58.7 x Diam. 37.4 cm (23 1/8 x 14 3/4 in.)
Gregory (1922-1988) and Maria C. Henderson (1923-2007), Medford, MA (by 1969-1988), inherited; by Maria C. Henderson, Medford, MA (1988-1991), partial gift and partial purchase; to Harvard University Art Museums, 1991.
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Partial gift of Maria C. Henderson and partial purchase through the Ernest B. and Helen Pratt Dane Fund for the Acquisition of Oriental Art
Accession Year
Object Number
Asian and Mediterranean Art
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Publication History

Robert P. Griffing, Jr., The Art of the Korean Potter; Silla, Koryô, Yi, exh. cat., Asia Society Museum (New York, NY, 1968), cat. no. 005, pl. III, p. 22

Gregory Henderson, Korean Ceramics: An Art's Variety, exh. cat., Ohio State University, Divisions of Art Gallery (Columbus, Ohio, 1969), p. 23, no. 13 (detail)

Robert D. Mowry, First Under Heaven: The Henderson Collection of Korean Ceramics, brochure, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1992), n.p., front cover

James Cuno, Harvard's Art Museums: 100 Years of Collecting, Harvard University Art Museums/Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (Cambridge, MA, 1996), pp. 64-65

Harvard University Art Museums, Harvard University Art Museums Annual Report 2001-2002 (Cambridge, MA, 2003), p. 13

Marilyn Stokstad and Robert D. Mowry, Art History, Pearson Prentice Hall (Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2008), p. 367, fig. 10-26

Dorinda Neave, Lara Blanchard, and Marika Sardar, Asian Art, Pearson Education, Inc. (Boston, MA, 2015), p. 248, ill. 11-7

Exhibition History

Korean Art Collections in the United States, National Museum of Korea, Seoul, 06/04/2012 - 08/05/2012

Subjects and Contexts

Collection Highlights

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