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Cosmetic box: C.33 & A-1927

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Current Location: Gallery 29 - Korean Gallery


Probably Unknown (Pottery)


Cosmetic box and cover with chrysanthemum and peony designs. Stoneware, moulded, inlaid in black and white slip, and celadon glazed. In the centre, four peonies are inlaid in black and white slip around a small chrysanthemum medallion, and enclosed by a border of rings and a band of lotus petals. Bands of key-fret are inlaid in white slip on the sides of both box and cover. Both parts are fully covered with a bluish-green glossy celadon glaze except for the rims. The clay body is thick and the almost flat base shows three fairly large quartzite spur-marks and a rough patch where the piece touched the saqqar.


History note: Unknown before donor

Legal notes

Given by Dr W.M. Tapp

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 8.1 cm
Height: 3.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Puan-gun ⪼ North Cholla province ⪼ Korea

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1927-12-17) by Tapp, W. M., Dr


Koryo Dynasty
13th Century
Circa 1200 CE - 1250 CE


This piece was probably made at Yuch'on-ri, Puan.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of slip ( black and white) Glaze composed of celadon glaze Base Diameter 4.7 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

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

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.33 & A-1927
Primary reference Number: 16321
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 24 April 2019 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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