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Chopsi: C.427-1984

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery




Pottery: Unknown (Uncertain)




Dish with dragon. Stoneware, thrown, shaped, incised, inlaid in black and white slip, and celadon glazed. The flat rim of this dish (chopsi) has eight indentations to simulate a floral shape and the sides are lobed correspondingly. On the rim is an incised classic scroll, in the cavetto are eight flower sprays inlaid in black and white slip, and in the centre two sketchy dragons in a double circle inlaid in white slip. On the outside are vertical incised lines emphasising the octafoil shape. The glaze has the typical jade colour of Koryo celadon, is evenly applied, and has a subtle gloss and no crackle. The base, which is almost flat, has traces of quartzite spur-marks.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Gompertz Gift

Place(s) associated

  • Puan-gun ⪼ North Cholla province ⪼ Korea
  • 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 1150 CE - 1200 CE


Sadang-ri or Yuch'on-ri ware

This type of floral-shaped dish with dragon design is extremely rare. It would appear to be a product of the latter part of the twelfth century, made either in the Yuch'on-ri or the Sadang-ri kilns.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of slip ( white and black)
Glaze composed of celadon glaze
Dish composed of stoneware Height 2.5 cm
Rim Diameter 11.6 cm
Foot Diameter 5.6 cm

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.427-1984
Primary reference Number: 16313
Old object number: 57
Box number: 57
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 11 August 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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