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Cup: C.26 & A-1984

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery


Pottery: Unknown (Uncertain)




Stoneware, thrown, luted and celadon-glazed. This is a well-shaped set, the round-bodied cup with a slightly incurved mouth, and a small foot, and the stand with a broad everted rim, a domed support for the cup, and a wide foot which gives it a stable appearance. The set is of fine clay and thinly potted; the glaze has a clear jade colour with a subtle gloss, is evenly applied and has almost no crackle. The bases of both cup and stand show small quartzite spur-marks.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Gompertz Gift

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 1100 CE - 1150 CE


Sadang-ri or Yuch'on-ri ware.

Sets like this one, which is a very fine example, were used for wine in the literary circles of the Koryo aristocracy, where their excellent quality was deemed a suitable enhancement of the elated company. Metalwork examples also exist. The pleasing proportions, the thin body and the clear jade-green glaze all suggest that this piece was made in the most flourishing period of Koryo celadon in kiln no.7, at Sadang-ri, Kangjin-gun, South Cholla province, or in kiln no.12 at Yuch'on-ri, Puan-gun, North Cholla province.

Components of the work

Glaze composed of celadon glaze
Cup And Stand composed of stoneware
Stand Foot Diameter 10.2 cm
Stand Overall Diameter 16.9 cm
Cup Foot Diameter 3.8 cm
Cup Rim Diameter 9.7 cm
Stand Height 4.8 cm
Cup Height 6.2 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.26 & A-1984
Primary reference Number: 16119
Old object number: 6
Box number: 6
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 11 August 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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