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Maebyong: C.21-1984

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Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery




Pottery: Unknown




Vase (Maebyong). Stoneware, thrown and indented, with accidental ash glaze. The tall body of this maebyong-shaped vase curves in a long S-shaped outline from the shoulder to the flat base, and has a melon-shaped section with eight indents. The mouth has been repaired and was originally probably wider. The clay body is very thick, and is covered with overall kiln gloss and accidental glaze from falling wood ash. A saggar fragment is attached where the shoulder swells to its widest.
With box 1 (C.21A-1984).


History note: Unknown before donor

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Gompertz gift

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1984) by Gompertz, G. St. G. M., Mr and Mrs


13th Century
Koryo Dynasty
Circa 1200 - 1300


This elongated maebyng shape can be found in celadon ware of the thirteenth century. Unglazed vessels like this one were probably made for less well-to-do customers.

Components of the work

Glaze composed of ash glaze ( accidental)
Vase composed of stoneware Height 42.2 cm
Base Diameter 12.7 cm
Rim Diameter 5.0 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.21-1984
Primary reference Number: 15981
Old object number: 1
Box number: 1
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 24 April 2019 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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