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Ewer: C.52 & A-1984

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Uncertain Unknown (Pottery)


The ewer has an eight-lobed body, curved spout, and a handle carved to simulate bamboo, with a loop in the form of a lotus bud on top. The footring is very shallow. The eight-petalled lid has a (replaced) lotus-bud knob accompanied by applied stem and leaves. A band of petal panels is incised at the mouth and one of lotus petals at the base, each lobe shows a delicate spray of lotus, and a large lotus leaf is incised on the spout. The cover is incised with a classic-scroll border. The glaze is of pale bluish-green jade colour, thickly applied and glossy, and on the ewer partly discoloured. The ewer shows large uneven spur-marks near the footring and in the centre of the base.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Gompertz Gift

Measurements and weight

Height: 18.3 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


This is a rare example of a ewer accompanied by a basin. It is most likely to date from the mature period of Koryo celadon in the second half of the twelfth century, and to have been made either at Sadang-ri, Kangjin, or at Yuch'on-ri, Puan.

Components of the work

Rim Diameter 4.5 cm
Foot Diameter 9.8 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.52 & A-1984
Primary reference Number: 16146
Old object number: 34
Box number: 34
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 7 October 2021 Last processed: Thursday 7 October 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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