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Bowl stand: C.63-1984

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Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery


Pottery: Unknown (Uncertain)




Bowl stand with dragon. Stoneware, thrown, luted, carved and incised, and celadon-glazed. This stand has a cup-shaped support, a broad tray and a low foot; the centre is open. Support and tray are both bordered by key-fret that is finely and regularly incised, and on the tray two tokkaebi ('ghost-faced') dragons are crisply carved. The piece is thin and finely potted; the glaze has a pale bluish-green jade colour with a subtle gloss and is evenly applied. The glaze has been wiped from the foot which shows traces of six fire-clay supports. The matching bowl is lost.


History note: Acquired in Seoul in March 1954

Legal notes

Gompertz Gift

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 13 cm
Height: 4.1 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Puan-gun ⪼ North Cholla province ⪼ Korea
  • 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 1150 CE - 1200 CE


Probably Sadang-ri or Yuch'on-ri ware.

This unique piece was attributed by Gompertz (1963) to the early twelfth century, but considering the quality of the carving and the beautiful colour of the glaze, it may have to be dated slightly later, to c.1160, when Koryo celadon reached the height of its refinement. Earlier celadons were generally plain or decorated with only faintly incised floral or foliage designs.

Components of the work

Glaze composed of celadon glaze
Foot Diameter 5.8 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Stoneware, thrown, luted, carved and incised, and celadon-glazed
Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.63-1984
Primary reference Number: 16118
Old object number: 46
Box number: 46
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 7 October 2021 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

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

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