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Maebyong: C.429-1984

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Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery




Pottery: Unknown




Vase with foliate sprays. Stoneware, thrown, painted in iron-oxide, incised, and celadon-glazed. This maebyong-shaped vase has a short neck with projecting rim, and a rounded body which tapers towards the base. It has a low uneven footring. It is decorated with bands of stylised chrysanthemum petals round both shoulder and foot, the former painted in brown iron-oxide, the latter incised through a plain iron-oxide band; and on the body between are three sprays of peony foliage fluently painted in underglaze-brown with veins incised. The glaze has a greenish-brown tone, harmonising well with the dark iron decoration. It is glossy, has a fine crackle, and is unevenly applied. The vessel was fired on sandy spurs.


History note: Formerly in the collection of Aso Takahiko

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


Koryo Dynasty
12th Century
Circa 1100 - 1200


This type of iron-painted celadon began to be made in the second half of the eleventh century, inspired by the Cizhou wares of Northern China, but by the twelfth century both the shape and the decoration had become koreanized. Sherds of similar maebyong-shaped vases have been excavated at the twelfth-century kiln site at Sadang-ri, Kangjin-gun, South Cholla province.

Components of the work

Glaze composed of celadon glaze
Paint composed of iron-oxide
Vase composed of stoneware Height 28.2 cm
Rim Diameter 6.0 cm
Foot Diameter 6.9 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.429-1984
Primary reference Number: 16254
Old object number: 73
Box number: 73
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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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