Two Foliate Bowl-and-Saucer Sets

Korea, South Cholla Province
Koryo period, early 12th century
Stoneware with glaze Bowls
H. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm), D. 5 3/4 in. (14.6 cm), Saucers, H. 1 1/8 in. (2.9 cm), D. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm); 1979.193.1-4

Artist Comments

Joel Shapiro
The idea that a bowl differentiates and contains space is so intrinsically human and so delicate and fragile. Why not see this as a metaphor of life?