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Ewer: OC.122 & A-1946

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery

Maker(s)

Pottery: Unknown (Possibly)

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Description

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.

Notes

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.

Dating

12th Century
Koryo Dynasty
Circa 1150 CE - 1200 CE

Note

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
Decoration

Materials used in production

Stoneware

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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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

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

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