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Cosmetic box: C.12 & A-1930

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery


Pottery: Unknown (Probably)




Cosmetic box and cover with chrysanthemum design. Stoneware, moulded, incised, inlaid in black and white slip, and celadon glazed. This flattened box has a recessed base. The design on the cover has the form of a cash motif with a chrysanthemum floret in the centre and four stylised florets around it, all inlaid in black and white slip. This motif is surrounded by a band of incised scrollwork and a key-fret border around the sides. The greyish-green celadon glaze is evenly applied, and crackled. Traces of fire-clay supports can be seen on the unglazed rims of both box and cover. On the base are three quartzite spur-marks.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Dr W.M. Tapp

Measurements and weight

Height: 3.6 cm
Width: 8.4 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Puan-gun ⪼ North Cholla province ⪼ Korea

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1930-02-15) by Tapp, W. M., Dr


Koryo Dynasty
12th Century
Circa 1150 CE - 1200 CE


For a comparable box fragment from the Yuch'on-ri kiln site see the exhibition catalogue, Seoul, Ewha Womans University Museum, 1983, cat.89.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of slip ( black and white)
Glaze composed of celadon glaze
Base Width 4.3 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.12 & A-1930
Primary reference Number: 16318
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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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