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Ewer: OC.122 & A-1946

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery


Pottery: Unknown (Possibly)




Melon-shaped ewer and cover. Stoneware, thrown, with parts attached, indented, incised and celadon-glazed. This ewer is melon-shaped, with ten lobes and a curved spout and handle, and has a flower-shaped lid with a lug for attachment to a lug at the handle. The footring is very low. A band of petal panels is incised around the top and one of lotus petals around the base of the ewer, and a spray of lotus with a fully opened bloom on each lobe. The lid has scrollwork incised on each lobe and the front of the spout a large single lotus leaf. The glaze is of a light bluish-green jade colour, evenly applied over the body; the lid is of a slightly different hue and may have been fired separately. There are five quartzite spur-marks on the base.


History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

Oscar Raphael bequest 1941

Measurements and weight

Height: 22.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Puan-gun ⪼ North Cholla province ⪼ Korea
  • Kangjin-gun ⪼ South Cholla province ⪼ Korea

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1946) by Raphael, Oscar C.


12th Century
Koryo Dynasty
Circa 1150 CE - 1200 CE


Melon-shaped ewers were generally used as wine vessels, and some examples have a matching basin. This type was made in the first half of the twelfth century, both at Yuch'on-ri, Puan-gun, North Cholla province, and at Sadang-ri, Kangjin-gun, South Cholla province.

Components of the work

Glaze composed of celadon glaze
Rim Diameter 3.7 cm
Foot Diameter 9.0 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Stoneware, thrown, with parts attached, indented, incised and celadon-glazed
Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: OC.122 & A-1946
Primary reference Number: 16139
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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