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Gourd-shaped ewer: C.61 & A-1984

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery


Gourd-shaped ewer


Pottery: Unknown (Probably)




Gourd-shaped ewer and cover. Stoneware, thrown, with parts attached, incised and celadon-glazed. This ewer has a gourd-shaped body with flat base, a curved spout and a handle twisted of three strands. The domed cover is of flower-shaped outline. The body of the ewer is intersected by six vertical incised lines, a lotus leaf and stem are delicately incised on the spout, and the cover is similarly incised with the veins of a lotus leaf. The fine clay body is thinly covered with a glossy transparent jade-green glaze. The base is free of glaze and shows traces of fire-clay spurs, and remains of the saggar in which it was fired adhere to the glaze around it.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Gompertz Gift

Measurements and weight

Height: 28.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • 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


Ewers of this type were used for wine. The gourd shape was particularly popular in the Koryo period and became more and more refined over the centuries.

Probably Sadang-ri ware.

Components of the work

Glaze composed of celadon glaze
Rim Diameter 2.6 cm
Foot Diameter 8.0 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

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

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.61 & A-1984
Primary reference Number: 16151
Old object number: 44
Box number: 44
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 11 August 2016 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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