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Jar: C.420-1984

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery


Pottery: Unknown




Jar with loop handles. Stoneware, thrown with applied lugs, and celadon-glazed. This small jar has a wide almost straight mouth, a sloping angled shoulder and gently tapering sides. The footring is low and thin. Four loop handles are attached on the shoulder. Single lines are incised around neck and shoulder. The glaze has a clear pale bluish-green jade colour with a subtle gloss. A prominent crackle runs around the foot and below the shoulder is a rough patch where the vessel touched the enclosing saggar while it was in the kiln. The footring is completely glazed and the base shows two quartzite spur-marks only, because the jar fell to one side and leaned against the saggar.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Gompertz Gift

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 - 1150


This small jar once probably had a lid that could be fastened to the loop handles; it probably represented the inner jar of a two-part set and may have been used as a container for placenta. Its precise shape and fine clear glaze mark this jar as a product of kiln no.7 at Sadang-ri, Kangjin-gun, South Cholla province.

Components of the work

Glaze composed of celadon glaze
Jar composed of stoneware Height 14.9 cm
Rim Diameter 5.3 cm
Foot Diameter 5.8 cm

References and bibliographic entries

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.420-1984
Primary reference Number: 16159
Old object number: 10
Box number: 10
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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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