Important Cultural Property
Thought to be excavated in Hapcheon County, Gyeongsangnam-do Province, South Korea
Total L 39.9
Three Kingdoms period/6th century
Tokyo National Museum
Shoto is a container used to boil the liquid inside over an open fire. This was widely used in China from the Han period to the period of the Northern and Southern Dynasties. On the Korean Peninsula, some shoto created during the Three Kingdoms period have been excavated from Bunnantoson in Paekche, although the excavation conditions are not clear. These shoto are important materials in that they show the presence of powerful local figures and interactions with China.
This piece was also excavated from an old tomb in Kaya on the Korean Peninsula and the dragon and arabesque patterns reflect the design characteristics of the period of the Northern and Southern Dynasties. This is one of the old artifacts that show the influence of Chinese culture on the Kaya region.