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Vase: C.431-1984

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Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery


Pottery: Unknown (Probably)




Vase with chrysanthemum design. Stoneware, thrown, washed with iron-oxide, incised, and celadon-glazed. This vase has a long neck with flaring mouth opening like a morning glory and an ovoid body that tapers towards the splayed foot. It is coated overall with a brown iron-oxide wash through which horizontal lines are incised at the top and bottom of the neck, and a chrysanthemum scroll with fully-opened blooms round the body. The covering celadon glaze makes the design appear in pale green against a dark greenish-brown ground and shows a fine crackle. At the neck the glaze has shrivelled in the firing. There are sandy spur-marks on the footring.


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-12th Century#
Circa 1050 CE - 1150 CE


Vases of this type were probably used for flowers on the altars of Buddhist temples. This combination of overall iron-oxide colouring and incised decoration is extremely rare. Such vessels are believed to have been produced in Chinsan-ri, Haenam-gun, in the latter part of the eleventh century, before Koryo celadon reached its peak.

Components of the work

Glaze composed of celadon glaze
Wash composed of iron-oxide
Vase composed of stoneware Height 28.0 cm
Rim Diameter 11.0 cm
Foot Diameter 8.6 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.431-1984
Primary reference Number: 16259
Old object number: 76
Box number: 76
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 8 February 2017 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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