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Cosmetic box: C.426 & A-1984

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Object information

Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery


Pottery: Unknown (Probably)




Cosmetic box and cover with peony design. Stoneware, moulded, inlaid in black and white slip, and celadon glazed. This is a typical Koryo box with flat cover and bevelled edges; the base is recessed. A large peony with fully-opened white bloom and black foliage is inlaid on the cover surrounded by four black scroll motifs. The dark green celadon glaze is thickly applied and has a subtle gloss. The rims of both parts have been wiped free of glaze, and traces of fine fire-clay supports are visible; on the base are three quartzite spur-marks.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Gompertz Gift

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 9.8 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 CE - 1200 CE


This piece was probably made around the 1160s at the Yuch'on-ri kilns.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of slip ( black and white)
Glaze composed of celadon glaze
Box And Cover composed of stoneware Height 3.8 cm
Base Diameter 5.0 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.426 & A-1984
Primary reference Number: 16317
Old object number: 50
Box number: 50
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 11 August 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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

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