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Cosmetic box: C.81 & A-1984

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery


Pottery: Unknown (Probably)




Cosmetic box and cover with peony design. Stoneware, moulded, incised, inlaid in black and white slip, and celadon glazed. This trefoil-shaped box has a flat cover with bevelled edges. The top is outlined in black and white slip inlay and decorated with an inlaid peony spray. The sides of both box and cover are incised with scroll and key-fret borders. The jade-coloured glaze fully covers the piece, but has been wiped from the rims of both parts which were kept apart during firing by fire-clay spacers. Three quartzite spur-marks are visible on the base.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Gompertz Gift

Measurements and weight

Height: 3.2 cm
Width: 8.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Puan-gun ⪼ North 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 - 1200


This small box would originally have been part of a set probably consisting of four such trefoil boxes grouped around a fifth circular box and fitted into a larger matching container.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of slip ( black and white)
Glaze composed of celadon glaze
Foot Width 7.8 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Moulding : Stoneware, moulded, incised, inlaid in black and white slip, and celadon-glazed
Glazing (coating)

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.81 & A-1984
Primary reference Number: 16316
Old object number: 66
Box number: 66
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 11 August 2016 Last processed: Friday 8 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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