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Bowl: C.51-1984

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Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery


Pottery: Unknown (Probably)




Bowl with lotus petals. Stoneware, thrown, carved, incised and celadon-glazed. This typical Koryo bowl is of deep form, with a slightly incurved mouth and a fairly high foot with low footring. The centre of the bowl is recessed and the outside is decorated with an incised band of key-fret below the rim and with two rows of lotus petals in carved relief with incised outlines and scroll motifs. The glaze is evenly applied, of pale bluish-green, and with a net-like crackle. The base shows three quartzite spur-marks.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Gompertz Gift

Place(s) associated

  • Puan-gun ⪼ North 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 - 1200


Probably Yuch'on-ri ware.

Such lotus bowls were first made in the eleventh century but remained popular throughout the twelfth when gradually more and more decoration was added such as the incised designs in this case. The piece is likely to have been made at the Yuch'on-ri kilns, Puan.

Components of the work

Glaze composed of celadon glaze
Bowl composed of stoneware Height 8.2 cm
Rim Diameter 16.6 cm
Foot Diameter 6.2 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.51-1984
Primary reference Number: 16099
Old object number: 32
Box number: 32
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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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