Ducks are thought to have been worshipped in the small southern Korean kingdom of Kaya and were probably also an important food source around the Nakdong River region. Kaya is noted for its duck-shaped funerary vessels which symbolised a plentiful food supply for the deceased in the afterlife. Naturalistically rendered, especially in the expressive details of the head and beak, duck vessels were often mounted on pedestals. The simple raised bands around the body of this ceramic are characteristic of Kaya decoration.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2011
From: Asian gallery extended display label