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Gourd-shaped ewer: C.22 & A-1984

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Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery


Gourd-shaped ewer


Pottery: Unknown




Stoneware, thrown, with parts attached, with accidental ash glaze. This ewer is of bottle-gourd shape, with a slightly curved spout, attached at the widest part of the body, a curved handle, and a small cover that echoes the shape of the ewer. The spout and the lower part of the body have been pared with a knife. The base is flat. The coarse thick clay body has fired a dark grey, it is undecorated, and covered with kiln gloss and accidental glaze from falling wood ash.


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 type of ware had previously often been attributed to the 10th or 11th century, but fragments of a similar high-fired dark grey ware have been found at thirteenth-century celadon kiln sites. This ewer would have been used for wine.

Components of the work

Glaze composed of ash glaze ( accidental)
Ewer composed of stoneware Height 29 cm
Rim Diameter 2.8 cm
Foot Diameter 9.6 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.22 & A-1984
Primary reference Number: 15983
Old object number: 2
Box number: 2
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 31 January 2023 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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