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Ewer: C.428-1984

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Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery


Pottery: Unknown




Ewer with peony scrolls. Stoneware, thrown, with parts attached, painted in iron-oxide, and celadon-glazed. This ewer has a tall slightly flaring neck and a rounded body, a curved spout and handle and a concave base. The loop at the top of the handle is broken and the cover is lost. It is freely painted in pale brown iron-oxide with a large peony scroll on the body and leaves on both spout and handle. The glaze is of pale greenish-brown colour, with a glossy surface and a fine crackle, and covers the whole vessel. The piece was fired standing on fine sand of which traces remain on the base.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Gompertz Gift

Place(s) associated

  • Haenam-gun ⪼ South Cholla province ⪼ Korea

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1984) by Gompertz, G. St. G. M., Mr and Mrs


Koryo Dynasty
11th Century
Circa 1050 - 1100


This type of ewer was made in the latter part of the eleventh century in Chinsan-ri, Haenam-gun, where fragments have been excavated. The kiln site was first located in May 1983 and more than thirty kilns have subsequently been excavated near the coast, bringing to light mostly celadons washed with iron-oxide (ch'olch'ae). In December 1984 the site was designated an 'Important Historical Site'.

Components of the work

Glaze composed of celadon glaze
Paint composed of iron-oxide
Ewer composed of stoneware Height 17.3 cm
Base Diameter 7.7 cm
Rim Diameter 9.3 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.428-1984
Primary reference Number: 16251
Old object number: 72
Box number: 72
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 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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