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Haksubyong: C.425-1984

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery




Pottery: Unknown (Probably)




Long-necked bottle with lotus design. Stoneware, thrown, with applied lug, and celadon-glazed. The neck of this classic Koryo bottle is long and straight and the body is globular. A wide low foot gives it stability. A loop is attached to the neck to which a lid could be fastened which now, however, is missing. The neck is finely incised with cloud motifs and a band of double lotus petals, and the shoulder with a youi-head border. Six lotus sprays with fully-opened blooms are arranged around the body, drawn in precisely incised lines, and a classic-scroll border is above the foot. The celadon glaze is of semi-opaque pale green colour and evenly covers the vessel. It has a slightly lustrous surface and is covered with a fine crackle. The base is glazed and shows five quartzite spur-marks.


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 1150 CE - 1200 CE


This type of long-necked bottle, called haksubyong, or 'crane-necked bottle', was used by the Koryo aristocracy as a wine bottle for banquets or feasts. This is a rare and particularly fine example, probably from the kilns at Sadang-ri, Kangjin, South Cholla province.

Components of the work

Glaze composed of celadon glaze
Bottle composed of stoneware Height 32.2 cm
Foot Diameter 10.4 cm
Rim Diameter 3.8 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.425-1984
Primary reference Number: 16174
Old object number: 38
Box number: 38
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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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