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Ewer: C.51 & A-1932

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Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery


Pottery: Unknown (Possibly)




Ewer and cover with lotus and cloud designs. Stoneware, thrown, with parts attached, incised and celadon-glazed. This ewer has a tall waisted neck with a raised ridge where it meets the angled shoulder. The spout is very long, the strap-shaped handle is attached at the shoulder and continues almost down to the base. The footring is low. The flat dish-shaped cover has a lotus-bud knob and a small loop at the rim corresponding to a loop on top of the handle. The body is incised with a large lotus flower on either side and a border of lotus petals at the base, while the shoulder and neck feature cloud motifs spaciously arranged. The glaze is of pale blue-green colour, clear and glossy, and somewhat discoloured at the top of the neck. The footring has been wiped free of glaze and shows traces of fire-clay spurs.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Dr W.M. Tapp

Measurements and weight

Height: 29.5 cm

Place(s) associated

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

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1932-10-14) by Tapp, W. M., Dr


12th Century
Koryo Dynasty
Circa 1100 CE - 1200 CE


Similar ewers can be found in bronze. Although not very sophisticated, the shape is of distinctive Koryo style. Neck and handle have been repaired with gold lacquer in Japan, where Korean celadon has been highly appreciated ever since it was made.

Components of the work

Glaze composed of celadon glaze
Rim Diameter 8.7 cm
Foot Diameter 9.7 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

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

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.51 & A-1932
Primary reference Number: 16155
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 14 December 2018 Last processed: Saturday 16 March 2024

Associated departments & institutions

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

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