- Relic No. Buyeo-002480
- Name in Chinese Characters 虎子
- Dating from Baekje- Korea
- Unearthed from Gunsu-ri, Buyeo-eup, Buyeo-gun
- Specification Earthenware-roof tile-like texture
- Content of Inscription
- Usage Household goods-hygiene goods
- Size heigh 25.7 Length 26.0 Jar mouth diameter 5.8
- Official Designations
- Reference Catalog Buyeo National Museum book (2011)
- Location Exhibition Room II
This ceramic vessel excavated at a site in Gunsu-ri, Buyeo is, according to a widely accepted conjecture, a bed chamber used by Baekje women. It has a comparatively large wide open mouth on the front, D-shaped handles attached to both sides, the narrowed, and nicely raised, rear body, and a single line incised along the mouth for the decorative purpose. The vessel is widely praised by art historians for its attractively simple, curvaceous form which is also designed to effectively perform its original function. Historians are agreed that the elaborately made chamber pots such as this one were used only by a privileged few in the Baekje society. The chamber pot was discovered along with the men’s urine at the Gunsu-ri Site, and a similar artifact was unearthed at a site in Iksan.
This ceramic vessel excavated at a site in Gunsu-ri, Buyeo, is generally called “tiger cub” (Hoja) due to its shape and known to have been used as a bed chamber for men. The shape of the vessel, known to have been originated from China, is marked by a wide open mouth at the end of a raised head and four legs firmly planted on the ground, creating a stable and haughty appearance. Baekje potters in the Sabi Period (538-660) produced ceramic vessels used for a great variety of purposes, not only those for daily use such as jars, dishes, and bowls with or without lids but also those for special purposes such as lamps, inkstones, and urines. These ceramic vessels provide a wealth of information about the daily life of people in the walled capital of Sabi as well as Baekje pottery.