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Roof tile fragment: C.133-1984

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Pottery: Unknown




Stoneware, celadon-glazed. Fragment of a shallow curved tile, with an impressed herring-bone pattern from a supporting mat on the reverse.


History note: Reputedly from the site of the former royal palace at Manwoltae, Kaesong. Purchased in Seoul by Dr Tadashi Sekino

Legal notes

Gompertz Gift

Measurements and weight

Length: 8.5 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
Production date: circa AD 1157


Celadon roof-tiles are mentioned in the Koryosa [History of the Koryo dynasty] under the entry for the 4th month of the 11th year of the reign of King Uijong. This is equivalent to the year 1157, when a garden was built to the east of the palace with a pavilion called Yangiujong, which was covered with celadon roof-tiles. It is important to note that the present fragments are reputed to have been found at Manwoltae, the site of the Koryo palace in Kaesong, since this fits in with the historical records. In 1964, the National Museum of Korea excavated very similar roof-tiles and tile fragments at a kiln site in Sadang-ri.

Components of the work

Glaze composed of celadon glaze

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating) : Stoneware, celadon-glazed

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.133-1984
Primary reference Number: 16195
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Audit data

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

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

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