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Maebyong: C.430-1984

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Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery




Pottery: Unknown




Vase with foliage design. Stoneware, thrown, washed with iron-oxide, painted in white slip, and celadon-glazed. The maebyong-shaped vase has a short neck with a (replaced) cup-shaped mouth, its sides gently tapering from the rounded shoulder to the slightly spread base, with a low curved footring. The whole vessel is covered with iron-oxide onto which three foliage motifs have been painted in white slip. The slip has in places been thickly applied, almost giving the impression of a relief design. A glossy pale green celadon glaze with a fine crackle has been thinly applied on top. The glaze has pooled towards the base, which is mainly unglazed and has fired a reddish colour; the footring shows traces of fire-clay spurs.


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 - 1150


This type of maebyong was used as a wine vessel, and was made in the kilns at Chinsan-ri, Haenam-gun, South Cholla province, in the second half of the eleventh or first half of the twelfth century.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of slip ( white)
Glaze composed of celadon glaze
Wash composed of iron-oxide
Vase composed of stoneware Height 26.5 cm
Rim Diameter 5.3 cm
Foot Diameter 8.5 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.430-1984
Primary reference Number: 16264
Old object number: 75
Box number: 75
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 24 April 2019 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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