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Ewer: C.433-1984

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Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery


Pottery: Unknown




Ewer with foliage design. Stoneware, thrown, with parts attached, washed with iron-oxide, painted in white slip and celadon-glazed. The vessel has a long wide neck and a rounded body that tapers towards the base. The handle and parts of the spout and the rim have been restored, and the cover is missing. The footring is broad and low. The whole surface is coloured with iron-oxide, decorated on either side with a freely-painted foliage spray in white slip, and covered with a celadon glaze. The footring and base are largely glazed and show indistinct traces of kiln supports.


History note: Japanese private collection

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


Ewers of this shape occur also in bronze in the Koryo period. Although the present ewer is not of fine quality, it has an attractive appearance, with its contrasting sketchy white slip design on the black surface. It is likely to be a product of the Chinsan-ri kilns in Haenam, and to have been made in the second half of the eleventh or first half of the twelfth century.

Components of the work

Glaze composed of celadon glaze
Wash composed of iron-oxide
Vase composed of stoneware Height 25.4 cm
Rim Diameter 8.9 cm
Foot Diameter 9.7 cm
Vase, Parts

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.433-1984
Primary reference Number: 16266
Old object number: 78
Box number: 78
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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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