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Ewer: C.60 & A-1984

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery


Pottery: Unknown (Possibly)




Melon-shaped ewer and cover with lotus design. Stoneware, thrown, with parts attached, indented, incised and celadon-glazed. The body is twelve-lobed, has a well-formed spout, a handle with a double loop, and a flower-shaped cover, also with a loop. It has a shallow footring. The ewer is incised around the rim and the base with bands of double lotus petals, and each of the twelve lobes is decorated with a precisely engraved lotus spray. The lid is incised with a scroll motif on each lobe. The glaze has a clear, pale green celadon tone, with a fine crackle evenly covering the whole surface. The footring, from which the glaze had been wiped before firing, shows four large fire-clay spur-marks.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Gompertz Gift

Measurements and weight

Height: 19.8 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 1100 CE - 1200 CE


Sadang-ri or Yuch'on-ri ware.

This type of melon-shaped ewer, which has a typical Koryo form, was used for wine. Melon-shaped qingbai ewers from Jingdezhen have been excavated from Koryo tombs, and the numerous Koryo examples were clearly inspired by such Chinese prototypes.

Components of the work

Glaze composed of celadon glaze
Rim Diameter 3.5 cm
Foot Diameter 9.2 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: C.60 & A-1984
Primary reference Number: 16142
Old object number: 43
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 10 April 2017 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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