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Bowl: C.35-1984

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Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery


Pottery: Unknown




Bowl with boys among lotus design. Stoneware, thrown, moulded and celadon-glazed. This conical bowl has six indentations in the rim, suggesting a flower-like shape. The footring is low, the outside is plain, and the inside is finely moulded in shallow relief with a chrysanthemum flower-head in the centre and three boys playing among scrolling lotus round the sides. The pale bluish-green jade-like glaze is evenly applied, with a subtle gloss and no crackle. The base shows three neat quartzite spur-marks.


History note: Unknown before donor

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Gompertz Gift

Place(s) associated

  • Kangjin-gun ⪼ South Cholla province ⪼ Korea

Acquisition and important dates

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


12th Century
Koryo Dynasty
Circa 1100 - 1150


The inspiration for this type of bowl may have come from examples of Ding ware, made in the Northern Song dynasty. The precise shape and clear glaze of this bowl suggest that it was made at the peak of celadon manufacture, in the first half of the twelfth century, at Sadang-ri.

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Components of the work

Glaze composed of celadon glaze
Bowl composed of stoneware Height 6.7 cm
Rim Diameter 18.9 cm
Foot Diameter 6.2 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.35-1984
Primary reference Number: 16065
Old object number: 18
Box number: 18
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 7 October 2021 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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